So this recipe is hardly reinventing the wheel–if you haven’t eaten it, you’ve almost certainly seen it. But sometimes some things are so good and so seasonally perfect that you just need a little reminder.
In case you can’t keep Sara and me straight, Sara is the one who loves to garden and I am the one who kills plants. I love the idea of a garden, but I just can’t get excited about the maintenance.
My problem is that I love fresh herbs. I love the smell, I love that they attract things like bees and butterflies, I love how cheap they are, especially when buying fresh herbs at the grocery store is ridiculously expensive.
We’re also about to hit peak tomato season for most of the country (it started happening in the South a few weeks ago), so if you have a garden, chances are good that you have more tomatoes and basil than you know what to do with. We’re here to help.
For the skewers, you’re going to need bite-sized tomatoes (I used grape tomatoes), fresh basil leaves, and fresh mozzarella balls. You’ll find them in the deli section of the grocery store and they look like this:
Take a toothpick and skewer a tomato…
Then add a basil leaf…
and a mozzarella ball.
Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
Then you’ll need to make the dressing. You’re going to need balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and fresh garlic.
Combine the vinegar and the olive oil…
and whisk in 1 clove of minced garlic. Drizzle it over the appetizers and sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.
Bite-Sized Caprese Appetizer
- 24 grape tomatoes
- 24 fresh mini mozzarella balls
- 24 fresh basil leaves
- 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 clove minced garlic
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 24 toothpicks
- Place a tomato, basil leaf, and mozzarella ball on each toothpick. Place on a serving plate or tray.
- Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, and garlic and drizzle over the appetizers. Sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- To eat, bite everything off the toothpick all at once.