December 12, 2011

an easy peasy caprese....

last weekend was a tad bit busy.
on saturday night i realized that i had about an hour to get ready for a party and prepare an appetizer...YIKES!
i always do this.  
i never leave myself enough time to make something worthy of sharing.
.....until now!!!
 meet the simplest appetizer i have ever made.
(forgive my photo's from my iphone)
caprese salad bites
here is what you need...
cherry tomatoes (or any small tomato) - cut in half
fresh basil - chopped into squares
fresh mozzarella cheese pearls - cut in half
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
course sea salt & pepper

take a tomato halve and stick it on the toothpick
add a mozzarella halve
then a square of basil
then top it with the other half of tomato.

lay all your little skewers on a plate all pretty like.
drizzle olive oil over the top.
take some of your balsamic vinegar and heat it up over medium high heat in a pan until it boils down to a thick reduction, not globby, 
but thicker than it was before.
(sorry, i'm not an exact science recipe girl when i make things up)
pour the balsamic reduction over the skewers.
finish by sprinkling sea salt and pepper over the top.
chill till it's time to serve.

this totally saved me and will be my new go-to 
when i need to share an appetizer.

what kinds of recipes do you rely on when you're running short on time?


  1. What a great idea! I'll have to give it a try. THanks for sharing.

  2. Oh, yum! Those look so good...and easy (which is better). :)

  3. Yum! I have a basil plant on my window sill I could make this! My current favourite is to make Rice paper rolls with carrot, cucumber, pepper or whatever I have and then make a spicy dipping sauce like this
    I've got super fast at making it and everybody loves it so much because it tastes so fresh.

  4. oh. my. delish. i am so making this.

  5. Chrissy! How did I not know you were back! xoxoxo

    These look delicious. I might have to make them just for me! I'm pretty sure I could eat a plateful myself. ;)

  6. Looks so yummy and so like summer! I do rely on easy pasta-dishes, they are my life savor. Past with pesto, tomato sauce, garlic and chilli, gorgonzola sauce - and many more! xx

  7. I love these; quick stuff is baked brie n' cracker, veggie dip and those cute little phyllo cups filled with almost anything ;D lol

    I bet these were a big hit! Thanks for visiting me; I can see you have been busy! Congrats!

  8. Hey Missy Chrissy! I have a recipe for this in an appetizer book, though your recipe has a few more tasty ingredients that my book doesn't and your presentation is OUT OF THIS WORLD! I will have to try your version the next time I need to make an appetizer =-)

    Happy New Year to you, my dear!


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