Caprese Skewers

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins Total Time 10 mins
Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 1 Calories: 80 Best Season: Summer

Description

Caprese skewers are a simple and elegant appetizer. They are not only visually appealing but also a delightful treat with the fresh flavors of summer. They are perfect for gatherings, or as a light and refreshing snack. 

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Start with threading a tomato onto your skewer, followed by a folded basil leaf, a mozzarella ball, another basil leaf, and another tomato. Repeat this pattern until the skewer is filled.  Leave some space for easy handling.

  2. Place the assembled Caprese skewers on a serving platter or tray. Drizzle the skewers with extra-virgin olive oil, ensuring each skewer gets a light coating. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper over the top.

  3. Drizzle a small amount of balsamic glaze or reduction over each skewer. You can also serve extra glaze on the side for dipping.

  4. Arrange the skewers neatly on a platter and serve immediately. Caprese skewers are best when enjoyed fresh.

Tips

  • Get creative with your Caprese skewers by adding other ingredients like olives, prosciutto, or roasted red peppers for extra flavor and color.
  • While cherry or grape tomatoes are traditional, you can also use larger tomato varieties, like Roma or beefsteak tomatoes, and cut them into bite-sized pieces.
  • Instead of, or in addition to, the balsamic glaze, you can drizzle the skewers with pesto sauce for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Consider adding a sprinkle of dried oregano for added seasoning.
  • Make and serve the skewers as close to your serving time as possible to maintain their freshness and appearance.
  • Arrange the Caprese skewers on a decorative platter or serving board for an elegant presentation. You can also garnish with extra basil leaves for a finishing touch.
Keywords: tomato, mozzarella

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I prepare Caprese skewers in advance?

Yes, you can prepare Caprese skewers in advance. However, it's best to assemble and refrigerate them for not longer than a few hours before serving to keep the ingredients fresh.

Can I make Caprese skewers without balsamic glaze?

Yes, you can omit the balsamic glaze or reduction if you prefer a simpler flavor profile. You can still drizzle the skewers with extra-virgin olive oil and season them with salt and pepper for a delightful taste.

What's the difference between balsamic glaze and balsamic vinegar?

Balsamic glaze is a reduced and thicker version of balsamic vinegar. It has a sweeter, more syrupy consistency, making it perfect for drizzling over Caprese skewers. Balsamic vinegar, on the other hand, is thinner and has a stronger, tangier flavor.

Can I customize Caprese skewers with additional ingredients?

Absolutely! Caprese skewers are versatile. You can add ingredients like olives, roasted red peppers, prosciutto, or even a drizzle of pesto to create variations of this classic appetizer.

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