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Caprese Tomato Bites

Another tidbit from the upcoming nuptials…

I love the combination of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil (a taste from the Italian region of Campania) in these bite-size appetizers. The juicy explosion you get when you pop one into your mouth is the genuine taste of springtime.

This is a new spin on a classic Italian dish, and no one knows how to showcase the tomato like the Italians. In Italy, unlike most salads, it is usually served as an antipasto (starter), not a contorno (side dish).

Caprese Tomato Bites
1 pint cherry tomatoes, about 16
16 mozzarella pearls
16 fresh basil leaves, small
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt

Scoop out and discard pulp an stem of the cherry tomatoes.

Invert tomatoes onto paper towels to drain.

Turn tomato halves over; drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with  sea salt.

Wrap a leaf of basil around a pearl of cheese (like a taco) and insert into a tomato.

Chill and serve.

Makes 16 single servings.


Filed under Appetizers & Sides