Recently on Pinterest, I've been seeing caprese redone as a finger food, by using whole cherry tomatoes and ciliegine mozzarella (smaller than bocconcini) threaded on skewers with basil. Needless to say, I had to try this recipe the next time I threw a party.
|I could chug this stuff|
You can make your own reduction, or cheat like I did and purchase it ready-made. I even went so far as to get mozzarella that was already marinated, but you can also marinate your own if you can't find them already in olive oil. You may think I'm lazy (that would be a totally sound assumption, by the way) but I like to have party bites that are fast and easy to make so I can focus on the main dishes, or just having fun. This is a ridiculously easy recipe.
This party was a very relaxed affair at my apartment, with one of my friends visiting from Tennessee. In fact, it was the first party I've ever had in my apartment and I've been there almost 2 years! It's such a small place and it was devoid of furniture for such a long time, but I hope to have more parties in the future. I am amazed though, I totally forgot to take pictures besides the food.
|Awaiting the glaze|
marinated ciliegine or baby bocconcini mozzarella*
Simply skewer the tomatoes, and let the mozzarella balls drain slightly before skewering. Alternate skewering between tomato, basil, and mozzarella until the desire amount on each skewer has been reached. If the basil leaves are large, fold them in half before skewering or rip them in half. Place on your serving dish and drizzle generously with the balsamic glaze.
*If you can't find pre-marinated mozzarella, place the cheese balls over night in a 1/4 cup of olive oil mixed with a couple pinches of red pepper, black pepper, and salt.
**If you can't find premade balsamic glaze, reduce a cup of balsamic vinegar by heating on the stove top by bringing the vinegar to a boil over medium heat and then lowering the heat to keep it at a simmer until balsamic vinegar has reduced to a syrup. Let cool before drizzling.
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