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!