Mini Caprese Skewers

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Be Our Guest: Mini Caprese Skewers! Can you tell I’m trying to squeeze as many foods in my picnic basket as possible before Summer ends? For a quick veggie burst of flavor, these off-the-vine cherry tomatoes are a match made in heaven when paired with fresh basil. It doesn’t hurt that the marinated mozzarella balls are skewered together for lovely presentation. It’s all about the finger food.

MINI CAPRESE SKEWERS

Ingredients:

12 mozzarella balls

1-2 tablespoons olive oil

1/8 teaspoon Italian spice blend

24 fresh basil leaves

12 cherry tomatoes, halved

12 black olives, sliced

Olive oil for drizzling

Instructions:

In a shallow bowl, place mozzarella balls. Drizzle with olive oil; sprinkle with Italian spices. Toss cheese to cover well. Beginning with a cherry tomato half, thread tomato on a toothpick or skewer. Then place one basil leaf, followed by a marinated mozzarella ball. Finish with the remaining cherry tomato and another basil leaf. Repeat with remaining cherry tomatoes, basil leaves, and mozzarella balls. Thread black olives on separate skewers. Drizzle olive oil mixture over finished caprese skewers. Transport in jars or covered containers.

Eating My Way Through the Alphabet: Letter C

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Caprese Salad! Here’s a refreshingly healthy salad alternative to the traditional Cobb Salad. This little number boasts an international flavor with an Italian influence. Right now fresh tomatoes-on-the-vine are available at the market. Hand-pick them in any size cluster you desire. All natural mozzarella makes all the difference, especially when surrounded by this season’s basil leaves. Pluck the basil from your window herb garden or go straight to the organic produce section of your favorite grocers. As you dive in to this crispy salad, notice the colors of the flag of Italy. Grazie, grazie molto!
CAPRESE SALAD
Ingredients:

4-6 Roma Tomatoes 

16 oz. Marinated Mozzarella*

24 Fresh Basil Leaves

2 tablespoons Red Onion, slivered

Herbed Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Garlic Wine Vinegar 
Directions:

Cut the tomatoes into wedges. Add the mozzarella cheese, onion, and basil. Gently toss with drizzled olive oil and vinegar to taste. 
***May Substitute Herbed Goat Cheese. Watch for this recipe in Letter G.