Saturday, August 27, 2011

Caprese Salad Appetizers

Last night Jamie and I had every intention of going out to a wine and tapas bar we've been meaning to check out.  We don't go out to eat all that often since we like to cook at home so much, but an evening of wine and cute, tiny food sounded very relaxing after a long and busy week of work.




But, by the time I got home from work, I'd talked myself out of going anywhere.  There was shopping to be done for dinner with my parents tonight, as well as making the strawberry tart so it could chill overnight...  and I knew my mind would be on all these things if I put them off.  But just because we weren't going out, didn't mean we couldn't have wine and our own "tapas" at home.




I'm in love with caprese salad - the flavors, the ingredients, the way the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil are such a perfect combination.  So I had the idea to make some little bite-sized salads that could be served on toothpicks.  (I was also looking for an excuse to use these appetizer spoons I found at World Market...)




How pretty are these?




It's so simple, but so delicious, and doesn't require anything more than a little olive oil, salt and pepper.  And they are pretty enough to serve at a party, too!

We warmed our under the broiler for a minute or two, but they could also be served completely cold.  Your preference.  Have a wonderful and relaxing Saturday! :)




Caprese Salad Appetizers
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 8 small, fresh mozzarella balls
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 8 toothpicks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • coarse salt and pepper
Slide 1 cherry tomato, 1 basil leaf and 1 mozzarella ball onto each toothpick.  Brush with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Serve just like that, or place on a baking sheet under the broiler for 1-2 minutes to warm slightly. 


14 comments:

  1. Those are cute little bites :) I will definitely try this in my party sometime :)

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  2. These are so incredibly cute! How perfectly light and summery!

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  3. What an absolutely lovely presentation!!! How could one resist!

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  4. Nice presentation I love these kind of mini salads on a stick a greek salad brochette also works well with tomato, olive cucumber an feta

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  5. This looks so pretty, simple but you made that simple into extraordinary..very well done! Love your mini salad and photos too!

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  6. These little guys are so cute! Great presentation too!

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  7. Stunning! I made something very similar for a wedding once. I marinated mozzarella pearls for a week, then served them with tomatoes in a balsamic vinaigrette. They were delicious, but not as pretty as yours!

    I think it was the brown in the vinaigrette....

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  8. Culinary Lens - I like the idea of olives and feta for this! I will definitely try that.
    Ann - I know what you mean - I love using balsamic vinegar, but don't like how it turns food brown. :(

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  9. cute and simple! great!

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  10. These are great! What perfect little individual appetizers these are! I can just see these being a huge hit at a party!

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  11. What a fun idea! I have a couple of sets of these tasting spoons, will have to remember this :)

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  12. thank you for sharing these delicious bites on Fit and Fabulous Fridays! Love caprese anything!!! Your photography is beautiful, too. :)

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  13. Awwww... those look nice. Thanks for sharing the recipe=) This is definitely worth a try.

    - kitchens webmaster

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