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The Easiest Appetizer Ever: Caprese Skewers

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I love to cook. I really do. But sometimes, a girl just doesn't have the energy for a big production in the kitchen. Especially if I've got guests coming, that's the last thing I want to stress about! That's where these Caprese skewers come to the rescue. They're seriously the easiest appetizer, full of fresh flavors, and always a crowd-pleaser.

A photo of Caprese skewers on a wooden cutting board. The skewers are made with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, and fresh basil leaves. They are drizzled with balsamic glaze and sprinkled with black pepper.

A Little Bit of Italy in Your Kitchen

Have you ever had a Caprese salad? It's that classic Italian dish with the juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fragrant basil – oh, and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic that just brings it all together. Well, these skewers are basically Caprese salad on a stick! It's all the same deliciousness, but even more fun.

The best thing about these is that they take almost NO effort. Like, if you can stick stuff on a skewer, then congrats, you've mastered the recipe! But don't be fooled by their simplicity – these babies pack a serious flavor punch.

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03/13/2024 11:37 am GMT

Let's Hit the Grocery Store! (But Nothing Fancy)

The ingredient list is so simple, you might even have everything at home already. Here's the basic rundown:

easy Caprese Skewers on a cutting board

Caprese Skewers

Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12

Caprese Skewers ingredients
  • Cherry Tomatoes: The heart of the whole thing! Get those little colorful ones if you can find them.
  • Mozzarella Pearls: Those bite-sized mozzarella balls are perfect, but if all your store has is regular mozzarella, just chop it into little cubes. Works like a charm.
  • Fresh Basil Leaves: This is where the magic happens. No dried basil substitutes allowed – the fresh stuff is essential!
  • Balsamic Glaze: The key finishing touch. Store-bought is perfectly fine, and it adds that irresistible sweet-tangy flavor.
  • Black Pepper: Freshly cracked is best, for a little bit of a kick.
  • Bonus: If you have a nice olive oil, you can add a tiny drizzle along with the glaze.
tomato, basil and mozzarella cheese on a skewer

This is the Fun Part

You ready to assemble these beauties? It seriously takes 10 minutes, tops.

  1. Skewer Time: Grab a cute little skewer (bamboo ones are classic). Slide on two mozzarella pearls, then tuck a basil leaf in there. It's okay if it's a little folded, that actually looks pretty!
  2. Tomato! Pop on a cherry tomato. That's the basic pattern!
  3. Repeat! Another basil leaf, then two more mozzarella pearls. Keep it going until your skewer is full, or you run out of ingredients.
  4. The Grand Finale: Okay, here's where it gets really good. Drizzle that balsamic glaze over the top – don't be stingy! And a little sprinkle of black pepper to finish things off. Boom. Done.

Step By Step Video Directions

Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Skewer

  • Fresh is Best: I cannot emphasize enough the importance of fresh basil. It makes ALL the difference.
  • Quality Counts: It's worth it to find good-quality mozzarella. The taste and texture make the final skewer much better.
  • Mix and Match: Try using different colored cherry tomatoes, or add olives or a tiny piece of prosciutto for more salty goodness. Get creative!
  • Presentation Matters: I like to arrange them on a big platter lined with more basil leaves. It looks pretty and makes it easy for guests to grab and go.

So Why Should You Make These?

Okay, let me sum this up for you:

  • Easy: Seriously, if you can skewer things, you've got the skills.
  • Flavorful: Fresh, simple ingredients that just shine.
  • Pretty: They add a pop of color to your appetizer spread.
  • Versatile: Perfect for anything from a casual backyard get-together to a fancy cocktail party.
  • No Mess: Easy to eat, no forks or spoons needed!

So there you have it, folks! If you need an impressive appetizer that takes practically no time, these Caprese skewers are your new best friend. Give them a try and let me know what you think in the comments!

Yield: 12

Caprese Skewers

A photo of Caprese skewers on a wooden cutting board. The skewers are made with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, and fresh basil leaves. They are drizzled with balsamic glaze and sprinkled with black pepper.

Caprese Skewers: Juicy cherry tomatoes, creamy mozzarella pearls, fragrant basil leaves, and a sweet-tangy balsamic glaze make these skewers the ultimate crowd-pleasing appetizer.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup mozzarella pearls
  • 24 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp balsamic glaze
  • ½ tsp black pepper, or to taste

Instructions

    On a skewer place 2 small pearls of mozzarella.
    Then add a basil leaf. You can fold it double if it’s too big.
    Then add a cherry tomato.
    Then add another basil leaf.
    And add 2 small mozzarella pearls again.
    Repeat until you run out of ingredients.
    Drizzle with balsamic glaze and season with black pepper to taste.

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