Easy, cheesy, caprese skewers – a fresh, simple-to-prepare, delightful snack or appetizer to prepare for guests or to bring to a party! You can dress these little skewers with pesto (see above) or with oil and vinegar (see below) – either combination is delicious!
You can absolutely use fresh mozzarella balls to make these, but I’ll be real frank with you – I don’t like spending the money on fresh mozzarella! I know, it’s so tasty. I know, I know. But block mozzarella is just fine for these!
You cut the mozzarella into little cubes, and then place a cherry or grape tomato on a toothpick with a fresh basil leaf (I usually fold the basil leaf in half and then skewer it), and then top it with a cube of cheese.
Then brush some basil pesto on there…
…or some olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
These are so great for an easy-to-prepare appetizer or as an afternoon snack. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I almost always try to prepare snacks for when we have company.
I like to feed my people, but I also think providing food helps foster conversation and community as people gather around bowls, platters, and plates. I’ve made these cute little caprese skewers a number of times, and they’re always a hit!
- 1 8oz block Mozzarella cheese
- 24 cherry or grape tomatoes
- 24 fresh basil leaves
- 24 toothpicks
- 2 tbsp basil pesto*
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar*
- 1 tbsp olive oil*
- Salt & pepper to taste
*You can use basil OR you can use a combo of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Whichever you prefer.
You'll want to be sure to serve these soon after you prepare them in order to eat them while the basil leaves are still fresh and crisp!