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Caprese Appetizers (on mini skewers)

We amp up the flavor of these adorable and tasty mini caprese appetizers with a marinade and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings (change as needed): 40 mini caprese skewers
Author: Cheryl

Ingredients

  • 20 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved, Note 1 (gently squeeze out juices)
  • 20 mini bocconcini cheese balls, cut in half (or cut 40 1/2-inch cubes from fresh mozzarella balls)
  • 20 fresh basil leaves, cut in half or quarters (or cut large leaves into 1-1 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 1/3 cup Italian or vinaigrette dressing (Note 2)
  • balsamic glaze for drizzle (Note 3)
  • optional: sea salt to sprinkle on before serving

Instructions

  • MARINATE CHEESE: Mix cheese and Italian dressing and let marinate for 30 minutes or overnight. This is optional to add some extra flavor (Note 1 to make your own vinaigrette).
    OR skip marinating time and just coat the cheese in the vinaigrette.
  • ASSEMBLE CAPRESE SKEWERS: For each skewer, set half tomato on board/plate (cut side down). Pierce tomato through the top with the end of the toothpick. Place basil leaf on top. Then add cube of cheese coated in vinaigrette. (Make ahead: Note 4)
    one caprese appetizer on a toothpick
  • PRESENTATION: Drizzle balsamic glaze (Note 2) in any zigzag pattern on a platter or cutting board just before serving. Place skewers on top. Serve.

Notes

  1. Cherry tomatoes - you can leave the tomatoes whole instead, but the appetizers won't stand up on a platter. Lying them down is ok too :)
  2. To make your own vinaigrette, whisk together 1 tablespoon lemon juice or white wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon Dijon or grainy mustard, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt and black pepper to taste. Add a pinch of dried or fresh herbs if desired.
  3. To make your own Balsamic reduction/glaze, bring to boil 1 cup of  Balsamic vinegar and 1-2 tablespoons honey in a small saucepan on medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes to a syrupy consistency, stirring occasionally (it will coat back of spoon). Cool to room temperature.
  4. To make appetizers ahead: After Caprese appetizers are assembled on toothpicks, they can be put in fridge, covered with plastic wrap, for a few hours or up to a day. Drizzle Balsamic reduction on cutting board or serving platter and place skewers on top of it just before serving. 
Nutrition values are estimates. 
Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg