Mozzarella, Cherry Tomato and Basil Skewers

Total Time:
1 hr 22 min
20 min
1 hr
2 min

12 skewers

  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 bocconcini (small mozzarella balls), about 8 ounces
  • 1 pint mixed red and yellow cherry or pear tomatoes
  • 12 basil leaves, preferably large
  • 12 (6-inch) wooden skewers
  • Combine the garlic, salt, pepper flakes, and olive oil in a medium glass bowl. Cover and microwave on high until the garlic is golden, about 2 minutes. Cool. Add the bocconcini and refrigerate for at least 1 and up to 24 hours.

  • Thread a yellow cherry tomato onto a skewer, wrap a bocconcini in a basil leaf and add to the skewer, then finish with a red tomato. For a dramatic presentation, use both pear and cherry tomatoes. Halve the top cherry tomato and use it as a stand for the skewer.

  • Repeat with the remaining cheese and tomatoes. Save the oil for a dipping sauce and serve with a small bowl of kosher salt.

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Made for a polo match today and they disappeared. Drizzled olive oil and balsamic vinegar. So delicious and easy. Definitely a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these as an appetizer for a garden party last week. They were gone in a flash! many compliments on presentation and taste. I left the mozzarella in the marinade for about 4 hours. I made extra marinade and drizzled it over the skewers after plating. I folded the basil and used it as a separator between the mozzarella and cherry tomatoes which i repeated twice on each skewer. This recipe is a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for some firends and everyone enjoyed them more than I did. The skewers were refreshing but lacking in flavor. I would have liked some balsamic to give it more of a kick. I was worried the basil would be overwheliming just wrapped around the mozzarella, but it wasn't. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was a really easy and great entertaining idea. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Although the skewers looked nice, basil if usually used as a grarnish or mixed into a recepie. Having the basil as the green, did not cut it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
my friends loved this item that i had at a recent party. all of the items were in my garden, or on hand in the kitchen, so i did not even spend a dime on it. i suggest using the pear and cherry tomatoes, it looks fabulous, not to mention tastes great. you make this anytime, but it was great in the summer out on the patio. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone enjoyed the appetizer, it was easy to make and made a nice presentation. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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