*No crock pot was used in the creation of this appetizer
This is a recipe that my older sister introduced to me, and it has quickly become one of my favorites! She got it at a theme cooking contest, in which the theme was balls…and this was a delicious and some what more healthy alternative to the other appetizers on Super Bowl Sunday!
Caprese Salad on a Stick:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Mozzarella (the balls are better because they are soaked vs. the block)
- Basil Leaves
- Skewers (tooth picks are better, but I forgot them and we had these at home)
So this is a quick and easy make. First my roommate washed the tomatoes as I cut the skewers to be as long as a tooth pick. I had forgotten tooth picks and we had skewers in the house from a barbecue we had over the summer, so those became our new tooth picks. I highly suggest wearing protective eye wear when cutting these skewers, because the pieces fly everywhere. Also, try to create a point with one of the sides so you can skewer the tomatoes and cheese.
First, I put a cherry tomato on the skewer, then a piece of mozzarella, a 1/4 inch part of basil leaf, and then a half of a cherry tomato. A piece of mozzarella means either a mozzarella ball or a piece of a block of mozzarella (our roommate had made eggplant parmesan the night before and had a lot of mozzarella left over, so we also used the block. The block is much cheaper, but you miss the moistness of the mozzarella balls – tehehehe). The longest part was the assembly. We put all of the caprese salads on a stick on a plate and drizzled it with pesto. One of my roommates- Jess- had read that we need to thicken the balsamic. We both thought that thickening the balsamic seemed very logical, but after about 10 minutes of trying to thicken the balsamic on a stove top in a small pot, there was absolutely no change. So perhaps you cannot thicken balsamic on a stove top, but we were not about to find out because of a time crunch and a lack of patience. Instead, we just pour the balsamic on top which added some great flavor.
Not the most popular dish at the Super Bowl get together, but still was good/people ate it!
The Nitty Gritty:
- Total Cost: $20.00
- Prep/Total Time: 25 minutes