Mini Caprese Bites

Mini Caprese Bites

By on September 15, 2015

Tonight is ladies night out in the hood, it is BUNCO night! It is time for us to catch up with old friends and welcome new people to the neighborhood. We all bring a covered dish to share. There is lots of food, drink and fun! Food covers the serving tables from salads and finger foods to main dishes and desserts. I wanted to bring a tasty, pretty, but healthy dish. Someone always brings a vegetable tray and a fruit tray.  I wanted something different that looked like it is a lot more work than it actually was.

My “volunteer garden” garden (I never planted anything this year)  continues to bless me with an abundance of little yellow pear tomatoes. Last weekend I made a Watermelon, Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad to use up some of the tomatoes but there is still a bowlful on my counter.  Those little gems need to be eaten soon as the next batch is ready to be picked! I decided to make something for Bunko using them.  Caprese salad is one of my favorite salads but kind of messy for this event, finger foods are better. However mini caprese bites sounded perfect!  Threading  yellow  and red tomatoes on a toothpick with basil and fresh mozzarella resulted in a beautiful display! A drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette just before serving finished them off. I gave one to my husband. who is my faithful taste tester. He ate one, then one more, then one more after that. I took that as a thumbs up!

Mini Caprese Bites

Ingredients

1 pint cherry or large grape tomatoes (I used yellow and red for a pretty display)
Fresh basil sliced in approximately 1/4 inch slices
12 oz container of fresh little mozzarella balls sliced in thirds
toothpicks (approximately 32)
Balsamic Vinaigrette

Directions

Slice the tomatoes in half.
Scoop the seeds out.
Place them cut side down on a paper towel to drain (about 30 minutes)
While the tomatoes are draining, slice the cheese and basil.
Thread the ingredients onto each toothpick in the following order: tomato, basil, cheese, basil, tomato
Arrange them on a plate and chill them in the refrigerator until serving them.
Just before serving drizzle balsamic vinaigrette over the caprice bites.

Enjoy!

Mini Caprese Bites
Yields 32
A beautiful and quick healthy appetizer!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pint cherry or large grape red and yellow tomatoes
  2. Fresh basil sliced in approximately 1/4 inch slices
  3. 12 oz container of fresh little mozzarella balls sliced in thirds
  4. Toothpicks (approximately 32)
  5. Balsamic Vinaigrette
Instructions
  1. Slice the tomatoes in half.
  2. Scoop the seeds out.
  3. Place them cut side down on a paper towel to drain (about 30 minutes)
  4. While the tomatoes are draining, slice the cheese and basil.
  5. Thread the ingredients onto each toothpick in the following order: tomato, basil, cheese, basil, tomato
  6. Arrange them on a plate and chill them in the refrigerator until serving them.
  7. Just before serving drizzle balsamic vinaigrette over the caprice bites.
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