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Mini Caprese: Cherry Tomato, Mozzarella, & Basil Bites

Here's a quick and easy appetizer idea that takes minimal effort, looks dashingly sheik, and boasts the beautiful colors of Christmas! Not to mention, it's bite-sized and delicious, a perfect pairing for a Christmas Cocktail party. C'mon who doesn't love caprese?

Check out my other seasonal twist on Caprese Salad: Sliced Tomato Summer Salad

Cherry Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Bites
  • 1 pack Cherry Tomatoes (or however many you need to accommodate your guests!)
  • 1 wedge/package of Mozzarella Cheese
  • Several Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Sea Salt & Fresh Cracked Black Pepper (optional)
*Using a very sharp tomato knife (or serrated knife) cut a thin slice off the top of each cherry tomato. Using a melon baller or metal spoon, carefully scoop out the center of each cherry tomato; do not scrap the edges, only scoop out about 1/2 tsp from each tomato. Discard the centers.

*Carefully cut a very thin slice off the bottom of each tomato. This will allow them to stand up straight on your serving plate. 

*Next, slice the mozzarella into 1/4 inch or smaller squares and tuck them into the centers of the tomato.

*Using a very sharp knife or kitchen shears, cut the basil leaves into long thin strips. Roll the strips up around themselves, and tuck them next to the mozzarella. 

*TO SERVE: Arrange the tomatoes on your platter or serving plate and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and a crack of fresh black pepper. Drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and wah-lah!

I made these caprese bites, as well as several other "tapas-style" fancy finger foods for my Christmas Party this past friday. I will be updating throughout the week with the recipes to the other goodies I prepared, so stay tuned!

Enjoy :]

<3 Marea


  1. These are too cute! I love the presentation and caprese is one of my favorites :)

  2. So bright and beautiful on your table...and I bet they're darn tasty! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Those caprese look so lovely and fresh. They sound so delicious and perfect for the holidays party :)

  4. Marea strikes again! These are very simple and very cute. I cannot resist caprese and I will be adding these tasty morsels to the Christmas lunch canapes. They are so colourful too - all that red and green is so seasonal.

  5. Cute! I have a recipe for mini capreses that you put on a skewer, but it's fun to see another idea! Merry Christmas :)

  6. Very nice, this one goes for any dinner party! I love serving layered versions but it gets difficult to be eaten as an appetizer! This solves the problem.

  7. This is so elegant but yet easy and not expensive! I have been thinking of hosting a small New Years Eve party and these would be perfect! Have a happy and safe Christamas and New Year!

  8. I love these. They're absolutely gorgeous and I adore the "no cook" aspect. I went crazy making little finger foods this holiday season, and I would have loved to have seen these before. I can't wait until cherry tomatoes are in full season again, I'll definitely make some (hopefully) with my own tomatoes!

  9. They look so cute! Classic flavours.


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