Caprese skewers are quite possibly the tastiest, healthiest, quickest and most refreshing appetizer you will make all year.
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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- 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
- 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.
- Place all the finished skewers on a paper plate or tray. Drizzle lightly with balsamic vinegar and transfer to a platter to serve.
Recipe Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
46 Comments on “Caprese Skewers”
I was negligent in letting you know how wonderful these appetizers have been when we have had guests here.
Because of COVID -19 and varients, I want to serve appetizers like these skewers, for our crowd of 25 at Christmas, (five familys from different states, and three are immunocompromised).
Do you have any other recommendations for appetiers?
Oh, and of course my standard menu for our Christmas dinner is your recipes!
Merry Christmas, and warm regards to you and yours!
Hi Nancy! You could serve these https://www.melskitchencafe.com/bacon-wrapped-chicken-bites/ using toothpicks!
Thanks, Mel! These are so cute; totally making them tomorrow! You’re awesome!
This is SO YUMMY!! A few additions I would highly recommend – I also drizzle a little olive oil on the top, and some sea salt. I also stacked it differently – cheese on the bottom, then basil, then tomato – and the cheese soaked up all the yummy olive oil and balsamic, and was wonderful. Give it a try next time!
I just wanted to say thanks for another good recipe. I had in mind what I wanted but looked on Pinterest for a good visual. I saw your picture and it was exactly what I was looking for. Then I saw it was “Mel’s Kitchen Cafe” and knew it would be perfect. Every recipe of yours that I make is delicious!
I wish to save this particular post, “Mel’s Kitchen Cafe | Caprese Skewers” on my blog. Do you mind in case Ido? Thank you -Christal
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!
Lots of stews and soups call for bay leaves! How funny…we’ve all been there before!
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!
These look awesome! Thanks!
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!!
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!
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?
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!
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.
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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.
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OMGoodness! These look amazing! I found you via Pinterest & featured this pin on my blog.
Planning to serve these babies at my daughter’s wedding shower. Thanks for posting!
These look fabulous! Thanks for such a great blog. Chrissy
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!
Made these for a girls night party last week and they were a hit! Mmmm…
Quick question, are these better made a few hours or more in advance, or made just before serving? Can’t wait to make these!
I shudder to think how many of these I could eat. Looks delicious 🙂
These is an appetizer I could love. Healthy and full of flavor!
I love to made these but my vingager drizzle never looks as pretty as yours. I must be more carful next time.
what a great colours dla flavours combo!
classic, colorful, clean, and easy. plus, what food isn’t better when it’s served on a stick? 🙂
Thank you for upgrading our Super Bowl party into a soiree. Can’t wait to fall in love with that combination.
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!
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!
Any recommendations for good balsamic vinegar?
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!).
So simple & so tasty! Basil is my favorite herb; by about a million miles.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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Oh this makes me think of summer. Mmmmmm
This is one of those, “why didn’t I think of that?” recipes. So simple, yet delicious.
what a great idea. I can’t wait to make these. So simple and yet so frest and tasty.
And much envy about the year-round cheap fresh basil!
What a nice, refreshing appetizer. I can’t wait for summer to enjoy more goodness like this!
I made something similar for graduation party last may! They were a hit.. and relatively simply!! Love your recipes!
I first had these skewers at a neighborhood dinner party. Loved them. Thanks for sharing.
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!