Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tomato and Mozzarella Caprese Salad on a Stick - 52 Appetizers Recipe

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This is hardly something new.  The classic Italian Caprese Salad, a combination of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, has been around for hundreds of years and is still just as popular and tasty.

This particular combination is perfect as an appetizer,

Anything on a stick is fun and an attention getting plate.  This also has the advantage of being able to be made at least a day ahead of time (in fact, that extra day helps the flavored oil add deeper layers of flavor to the mix).

I also like to add a simple to make flavored Garlic and Herb Oil.  No need to buy the expensive pre mixed version, just add oil to  as saute pan, set on very low heat and allow the garlic and herbs to seep into the oil.  Tastes so much better than just adding herbs to cold oil.  Really seasons the mix.

The knotted bamboo skewers/toothpicks can be ordered over the internet if you do a lot of parties or are available at a well stocked party store and are worth tracking down.  Just adds a little extra to the look.


OK... Here's what I did...

Tomato and Mozzarella Caprese Salad on a Stick

  • 50 Cherry Tomatoes (about 3 Pints)
  • 1 Pound ciliegine (cherry-sized) mozzarella
  • 20 Large Basil Leaves (sliced Chiffonade Style)
  • 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, smashed and minced
  • 2 TBS Italian Seasonings spice mix (Herbes de Provence)
Cooking Directions
  1. First, make the flavored Olive Oil... In a small heavy bottomed sauce pan, heat the Olive Oil over low heat. Add the Garlic and Herb spice mix and allow the Oil to steep at low temperature for 1 hour.
  2. Next, in a bowl, combine the mozzarella balls and the cherry tomatoes. Add the warm seasoned oil and stir to mix.
  3. To cut the ribbons of Basil, stack the basil together and roll (like a cigar). Tale a sharp knife and slice the ends of the "cigar". Continue slicing ribbons from the end until you have a pile of basil ribbons.
  4. Add the Basil to the bowl and again mix. Using a small skewer or specialty long appetizer toothpick, add one ball of mozzarella and one cherry tomato.
  5. Arrange attractively on a plate, serve chilled and ENJOY!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Appetizers Recipes"!!!

From Dips and Salsas to everyone's favorite, Deviled Eggs; Appetizers will set the mood for something special. And make enough different ones and you have a Tapas Meal!

Links include Dips (Take a Look at the WORLD's BEST Guacamole recipe (and world's easiest to make), Salsas, Grilled Bites, Watermelon Art, and of course something with a spectacular presentation and taste... Take a look, something to match any occasion...


I am also pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Specialty Salad Recipes"!!!

Sometimes they are the main course, sometimes a lunch and sometimes they are the side dish... And if you count Jell-o salad you can even make a dessert of a salad.  Here are a few of my favorite salads that get far more Ooohs and Aaahs than that simple chopped head of lettuce.

Links include Potato Salads, Cole Slaws, and Plenty of greens and fixins' Salads... And more than a few matching FRESH MADE Jam Jar make it yourself Salad Dressings!


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1 comment:

  1. Hi Dave! Just want to let you know that I LOVE your recipes! I found you when I was looking for recipes using leftover rotisserie chicken! Quite inspiring to see what you can do with the humble rotisserie chicken! -- Angie