Having some impressive appetizers at your gatherings can certainly up your culinary game!
These Caprese Skewers are the perfect highlight! Just 4 ingredients plus a skewer and you've got an appetizer that's great looking and popping with color and flavor and is easy to make! WOOHOO!
Caprese Skewers are just 4 ingredients: cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, and an easy balsamic reduction, they imitate the classic Caprese salad, only made portable on a skewer!
Making the balsamic reduction is simple — all you need is one cup of balsamic vinegar which you’ll pour into a saucepan and keep it over medium-low heat until the vinegar is reduced to half its volume. Just make sure you let it cool before drizzling it over the caprese skewers (and if you can, have a fan going or a window open while making the reduction — the vinegar smell can be quite potent!).
By reducing the vinegar, we’ll be making it thicker and more potent, and it adds the best flavor when drizzled over the fresh ingredients of these skewers!
1 Cup balsamic vinegar
8 oz. mini mozzarella balls ...(if they are in water, be sure to pat them dry prior to adding to your fine bamboo skewers)
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes (mix up the colors for fun!)
Fresh Basil leaves
Bamboo skewers- 16- 4" version
Prepare the balsamic reduction first by pouring 1 cup of balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan, over medium low heat
Cook, stirring occasionally, until vinegar has reduced to about half a cup (approx. 15 mins)
Allow balsamic reduction to cool before drizzling over your caprese skewers (it will thicken as it cools...like magic...poof!)
To prepare the skewers, spear the top of one tomato and slide it up 1 inch from the top of the skewer
Take a small basil leaf...and cut leaves accordingly if they're larger, and fold in half and slide up the skewer
Repeat with mozzarella ball, then repeat with tomato, basil leaf and mozzarella again!
Just before serving, drizzle with balsamic reduction.