Caprese Skewers with Plum Balsamic Drizzle

Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
1 hr 15 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
20 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 20 bocconcini (mozzarella balls)
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • One 15-ounce jar plum preserves
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 20 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 2 pints grape tomatoes
Directions
  • Special equipment: a squeeze bottle

  • Put the bocconcini in a large bowl with the olive oil, red pepper flakes and some salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

  • In a food processor or blender, puree the plums with the balsamic vinegar until smooth. Pour the mixture into a medium pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn the heat down to simmer and cook until the mixture has reduced by about half, several minutes. It should be fairly thick, but remember, it will continue to thicken as it cools. When cool, pour it into a squeeze bottle and refrigerate.

  • Trim about 2 inches of the leaves off the bottoms of the rosemary sprigs. Skewer a tomato followed by a bocconcino onto each. Arrange on a platter, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Just before serving, squeeze over the plum balsamic drizzle.


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