Caprese Skewers

I’ve been dreaming of these fresh bites of deliciousness ever since my husband and I attended a work dinner party a few weeks ago and these were part of the appetizer spread. So simple and yet I couldn’t stop eating them! I even passed up the stuffed mushrooms and other elegant appetizers to go straight for these babies.

The combination of creamy, fresh mozzarella, aromatic basil and sweet cherry tomatoes – all drizzled with a hint of balsamic vinegar – is astoundingly refreshing and tasty. I have officially decided that this trinity of caprese ingredients is among my favorite flavor combinations ever.

You might think I’m crazy for introducing such a fantastic appetizer like this in the middle of winter, since the majority of us have a hard time finding fresh produce that is edible enough to warrant the inflated cost. In my defense, I have a grocery store in my area that carries large bins of fresh basil year round (for surprisingly cheap) and the cherry tomatoes were shockingly tasty despite it being mid-winter. If you don’t have the same kind of luck, save the recipe for summer when the combination of caprese ingredients will be even more fresh and delicious.

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Caprese Skewers

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Caprese Skewers

Yield: Makes about 2-3 dozen skewers

Caprese Skewers

Note: fresh mozzarella is the kind that is packed in a watery solution to keep it moist. You can easily sub marinated mozzarella balls for the fresh mozzarella, slicing them in half or using a whole ball for each skewer. Also, this is a very “loose” recipe so change the quantities as needed. You can use regular toothpicks but if at all possible look for the longer, decorative skewers (a couple centimeters longer than toothpicks) in the paper plate/picnic aisle.

Ingredients

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, red or yellow
  • 1 bunch basil leaves (about 18-30 leaves, the big ones can be cut in half)
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
  • 2-3 dozen long toothpicks/skewers

Directions

  1. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half so you end up with two half-basketball pieces. Slice the mozzarella into bite-sized chunks. Slide a piece of mozzarella onto the toothpick. Fold a basil leaf in half or thirds and nestle it up next to the mozzarella (large leaves can be cut into halves or even thirds). Slide a tomato onto the bottom of the skewer, cut side down. Move the mozzarella and basil down to meet the tomato if needed. You want the flat side of the tomato to be right at the end of the toothpick so it stands up straight.
  2. Place all the finished skewers on a paper plate or tray. Drizzle lightly with balsamic vinegar and transfer to a platter to serve.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/caprese-skewers/

Recipe Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

51 Responses to Caprese Skewers

  1. Alisha says:

    I made these once for a baby shower years ago. They are so delicious! I can’t wait to try them with the Balsamic Vinegar!

  2. Miko's Girl says:

    I first had these skewers at a neighborhood dinner party. Loved them. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Deb says:

    I made something similar for graduation party last may! They were a hit.. and relatively simply!! Love your recipes!

  4. Kelli says:

    What a nice, refreshing appetizer. I can’t wait for summer to enjoy more goodness like this!

  5. queenann says:

    Lovely!

    And much envy about the year-round cheap fresh basil!

  6. Kathy Davis says:

    what a great idea. I can’t wait to make these. So simple and yet so frest and tasty.

  7. Cammee says:

    This is one of those, “why didn’t I think of that?” recipes. So simple, yet delicious.

  8. Oh this makes me think of summer. Mmmmmm

  9. Natalie B says:

    We had a yummy Fresh Basil Tomato Mozzarella Salad for dinner last night and it was amazing! You’d love it! I’d be happy to share!

    mdbaldwins @ gmail

  10. Amy M says:

    This receipe makes me sad that it’s winter. I miss my tomato & basil plants :( I thought tomato, basil and mozzerella was the perfect tri fecta… can’t wait to try it with the balsamic splash.

  11. breadman says:

    WOW, now you have to visit the local cheese factory that makes
    the best fresh mozzerella, that being Belgioso Cheese in Denmark,
    WI and see how they make it.
    I once was bragging to Ericco about adding fresh mozzerella to my
    burschetta, when he said, no,no no that is Caprese, not bruschetta.
    I learned.

  12. Molly says:

    Another variation is to do one cheese filled tortellini, basil, cube of mozzarella and a cherry tomato and just marinate them in Italian dressing and herbs before putting them on a short skewer. They make a good picnic appetizer!

  13. Jessica says:

    So simple & so tasty! Basil is my favorite herb; by about a million miles.

  14. Michelle says:

    Any recommendations for good balsamic vinegar?

    • Mel says:

      Michelle – I am not a balsamic vinegar snob, even though I know people that would bet their life savings on a particular brand. I never buy generic, but have had good success with the Da Vinci brand and a few others (can’t remember which ones, sorry!).

  15. Kim in MD says:

    I have made these many times for parties! They are delicious and people always love them! I use mini mozzarella balls and grape tomatoes, which are great year round. Your photo is stunning, Melanie! I love that you used red and yellow tomatoes! Gorgeous!

  16. Rebecca P says:

    My husband and I went to France this summer and ate this everyday! I love the presentation….I am going to have to make this, it is beautiful to look at too!

  17. Jessica says:

    Thank you for upgrading our Super Bowl party into a soiree. Can’t wait to fall in love with that combination.

  18. grace says:

    classic, colorful, clean, and easy. plus, what food isn’t better when it’s served on a stick? :)

  19. Paula says:

    what a great colours dla flavours combo!

  20. Mary says:

    I love to made these but my vingager drizzle never looks as pretty as yours. I must be more carful next time.

  21. These is an appetizer I could love. Healthy and full of flavor!

  22. Julie says:

    I shudder to think how many of these I could eat. Looks delicious :)

  23. Emily Marie says:

    Quick question, are these better made a few hours or more in advance, or made just before serving? Can’t wait to make these!

  24. Emily says:

    Made these for a girls night party last week and they were a hit! Mmmm…

  25. Amy M says:

    Made these for a girls night party last weekend and they were gobbled up before anything else. I loved how easy they were to prepare. I bought the little tiny mozzerella balls you can find marinaded in herbs for the mozzerella. So easy to prepare! I will be making these over and over again!

  26. These look fabulous! Thanks for such a great blog. Chrissy

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  28. dena says:

    Planning to serve these babies at my daughter’s wedding shower. Thanks for posting!

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  31. Heather says:

    OMGoodness! These look amazing! I found you via Pinterest & featured this pin on my blog: http://www.pinfluence.com/2011/12/31/saturday-stumbles-new-years-eve-edition-1-31-11/

  32. I am such a sucker for caprese salad in any form – and am super appreciative of such a great appetizer idea! Thanks! Can’t wait to have friends over and have these out.

    ~ Tiffany

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  34. Kathy says:

    I have made these appetizers for a long time. Love them especially when tomatoes are in season. I use the spray balsamic salad dressing and it works great.

  35. Sarah says:

    I have made these twice and both times the appetizer was gone. I used marinated mozzarella balls and reduced the balsamic vinegar so it was more like a syrup. Yummy!

  36. Julia says:

    This may be a dumb question, but is it ok to prepare the skewers a day in advance, and then just pour on the vinegarette before serving?

  37. Mel says:

    Julia – I haven’t prepared them that far in advance so I don’t know how the basil would fare. Just worried that it might get a little wilted and brown but the concept is worth a try. Good luck!

  38. MiiMii says:

    Love this! I served this for my graduation party a few weeks ago and everyone loved these! I added a little extra flavor by using the Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing with tomato and basil! AMAZING!!

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  40. Tamatha says:

    These look awesome! Thanks!

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  42. Alissa says:

    Delicious! Made them with Balsalmic Vinegar Reduction glaze (simmer 1/4 balsalmic until half reduced, add 1 tbl butter, let cool) it helped the vinegar stick and was a little prettier than watery vinegar. So good!

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    Dammit! I thought the recipe was Bay leaves! I thought that was crazy but I tried it. It was awful! Basil now sounds really good! What can I do with a ton of bay leaves! Was so embarrassed!

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