Caprese Toothpicks

 

This weekend, 4 of my close friends and I packed ourselves into the car with lots of wine, bags filled with sweatpants, an assortment of groceries and enjoyed our 7th annual winter getaway!  Our main goals for this weekend are to ‘disconnect’ from the world, reconnect with one another, and just do whatever we feel like for a few days.  This weekend, as it has been for many years when winter is whirling around outside, we blissfully barely left the house.  

As the years have progressed, food has become an exciting addition to the trip, though this is never an intentional focus.  Last year we made two different types of risotto – a seafood risotto with tomatoes as well as a mushroom and parmesan risotto which were both delicious.  We also attempted (and failed) to make a yam chocolate cake.  This year, each of us came with some snacks to share, some ingredients for dinners, and boy did we eat well.  Chana masala, homemade pizza, spicy breakfast potatoes covered with runny eggs, homemade guacamole, nachos, apples and cheese and olives, chicken thighs marinated in a lemony yogurt cumin sauce slow-cooked on the stove all afternoon, and off course – caprese toothpicks.

These yummy bites were easy and quick to prepare and a perfect snack as we settled into the weekend with a glass of wine in front of the fire.

 

Steps and Notes:

  1. Cut cherry tomatoes in half
  2. Layer each toothpick with the following –
    • Cherry tomato – facing inward
    • Basil
    • Tiny mozzarella ball
    • Basil
    • Cherry tomato – facing inward
  3. Make a dipping sauce with:
    • Balsamic vinegar
    • Olive Oil
    • Salt
    • Pepper

 

Thoughts for next time:

  • Regular length toothpicks were actually a bit small, next time I’ll spring for the medium sized skewers
  • Add minced garlic to the dipping sauce
  • Cook a thick balsamic reduction and drizzle it directly onto each bite

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9 comments

  1. This looks absolutely delicious!

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  2. Sounds like the perfect bite! 🙂

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    1. I agree! You really can’t go wrong with this combination. 🙂

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  3. What lovely little appetizers!

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  4. Oh, these look so inviting and so pretty 🙂 Sounds like you had a great weekend away 🙂

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    1. We did have a lovely time. And I plan to make these again as they were well loved and so colorful! Thank you for the kind note.

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  5. Caprese is a favorite in our house. We make our own mozzerella cheese and the rest comes from our garden. I am looking forward to more of your delicious recipes.

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    1. Yum! I love that you make your own cheese. I’d like to try that someday.

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  6. I make mozzarella from goats milk. But there is a way to make mozzarella from pasteurized milk from the store. I have done it when my goat was dried up during pregnancy. This is where I got the recipe https://www.cheesemaking.com/howtomakemozzarellacheese.html

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