Fresh Mozzarella Antipasti

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

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Ingredients
  • Stock:
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • Vegetables:
  • 2 artichokes
  • 2 to 3 lemons, juiced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sugar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • 5 cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 10 small basil leaves
  • 10 fresh mozzarella bocconcini
  • Special equipment: 6-inch wooden skewers
Directions

For the stock: Combine 6 cups water, the wine, carrots, celery, garlic, onion, bay leaf and bouquet garni in a large pot and bring to boil. Then reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Strain and set aside.

For the vegetables: Trim and peel the artichokes to the heart and remove the choke. Drop the artichoke hearts in a bowl of water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to prevent oxidation.

Cook the artichoke hearts in the vegetable stock until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Cut the artichokes into bite-size pieces and toss in a bowl with some salt, pepper, a few drizzles of olive oil, the parsley, red pepper flakes, a little lemon juice, a few pinches sugar and a splash of red wine vinegar.

Cut the tomatoes and marinate with some salt and pepper, a few drizzles of olive oil and a little red wine vinegar.

Heat the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat until reduced to a syrup. Chill the reduced balsamic vinegar until ready to serve.

Alternate the tomatoes, artichokes, basil leaves and mozzarella on each skewer.

Drizzle a little balsamic reduction over each skewer and season with salt and pepper.

This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. The Food Network Kitchens have not tested it for home use, therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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