Sunday, July 22, 2012

Caprese Bites

It’s time for another spoonful Sunday!  I had so much fun with my recipes spoonful that I decided to go back to the food this week.  If you saw my recent garden harvest post, you may have noticed that I have tomatoes coming out of my ears, with more coming each day!

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This week I’m going to focus on tackling that amazing bounty and make sure I let none of it go to waste.  I am starting right away with a new recipe that Hubs and I created for a quick summer appetizer – caprese bites.

I love a good stacked caprese salad, but it’s not exactly a party-friendly finger food.  We were inspired by our gorgeous Super Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes to create a bite-size version that is perfect for entertaining!

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Caprese Bites

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 dozen large cherry tomatoes
  • 3 fresh mozzarella sticks, cut into 24 pieces
  • 4 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp balsamic glaze

Directions

Slice the top off each cherry tomato to reveal the seeds, and then slice a very small sliver off the bottom of each tomato (this will help keep the tomatoes from rolling around on the plate).

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Scoop out the seeds inside entirely so you’re left with just the shell.  I used a cocktail fork to gently dislodge the little ribs and it all scooped out easily after that.

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For the cheese I used these fresh mozzarella sticks from Trader Joe’s, but you could use any kind of mozzarella.  I like these sticks because they are easy to cut into small chunks.

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Nestle the mozzarella chunks inside the tomato cups.

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Prepare your fresh basil chiffonade (sounds fancy, but it’s not – I just used kitchen shears to slice it into thin strips)

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Sprinkle the basil on top of the tomato cups, then drizzle with balsamic glaze.

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I took another shortcut and used HT Traders bottled balsamic glaze, but you could easily make one yourself with balsamic vinegar – here’s a great recipe complete with a how-to video.

Making the tomato cups is a bit labor intensive, especially if you’re feeding a crowd, but there’s no cooking involved and it’s a great healthy appetizer for a summer party!

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