Appetizers can be as simple ora as complicated as you like and, when I have guests, I like to offer a little bit of both.
I don’t quite remember where I got the idea for this. Instead of making a Caprese Salad, I think I saw someone on a television program serve a slice of mozzarella, a slice of tomato and a basil leaf in a stack on a slice of baguette. I decided to eliminate the bread and put the ingredients on a skewer.
When I was in the store the other day, I saw a package of fresh mozzarella “pearls” and thought those would be perfect for making the skewers. All I would need to add were some flavorful grape tomatoes and some fresh basil leaves from my garden. When ready to serve, I drizzled them with some nice extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
There are addicting. The pop of tomato. The creaminess of the mozzarella. The softness and subtle flavour of the olive oil. The tangy sweetness of the balsamic. And the basil leaf acts like a little cup to capture everything all together.