Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Mini Caprese Bites
(Adapted from Southern Living recipe)
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved (cherry tomatoes will stand up better in your serving dish if you are using toothpicks).
10-14 fresh small mozzarella balls (8oz. container, cut to size)
32 wooden toothpicks (you could use skewers and make these into kabobs as well)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 to 1 tsp mustard
1 tsp honey or maple syrup
Splash of OJ or lemon juice if you happen to have it around
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
6 thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
Whisk together dressing ingredients and let sit while you assemble "bites". Thread 1 tomato half, 1 piece of cheese, and another tomato half onto each toothpick. Place toothpicks in a shallow serving dish. They should "stand up". Or alternately skewer several servings onto a long wooden skewer and lay down in your serving dish. Drizzle dressing over "bites" and sprinkle with fresh basil.