Tuesday, June 19, 2012

caprese salad bites.

For our party last weekend I decided to try out a few new appetizer recipes on our unsuspecting guests. I have already written about the sweet potato bites (which, btw, were a huge success so make sure you give those puppies a try!) and chicken salad so I thought I would share a few of the other (VERY EASY) things I made.
I love the combination of tomato and basil. In a salad. On a stick. Baked on to a cracker. Simmered in to a soup... Just love it!

I made caprese salad sticks last year for Thomas' surprise party and decided to change it up a bit this time when I found this idea on Pinterest.

(salad sticks circa 2011)
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Same ingredients... different shape :)

What you need:
- Fresh Basil
- Two containers of Cherry Tomatoes
- Mini Bocconcini (what I would refer to as buffalo mozzarella back in the states)
- Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

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Wash and cut the tops off of your cherry tomatoes. Gently squeeze out the seeds and juice in to a seperate bowl.

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Rip basil leaves in to smaller pieces and cut mini bocconicni in to quarters.  Assemble- tomato, basil, cheese!

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Drizzle dressing over the top...

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and ENJOY!

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The only fault I have for these little guys is that they don't really stand up straight once you get a bunch of them on a platter. I decided to use this smaller round dish so I could squish them all in so they wouldn't fall over. It worked perfectly and they were very yummy!

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