I know summer is over, but . . . this:
Some might say that I maybe got a little bit obsessed with Caprese Salad this year, perhaps because of this and then this.
Those people would be right. I've moved past the denial stage.
But how can you blame me for wanting to post about the same three ingredients again and again: crisp tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil leaves. This may just be the best flavour profile to have ever existed, and I ate it again and again and again this summer.
So, I know that summer has come to an end and now it's time that I officially go into soup, casserole, and stew mode for the dreary fall and winter months (not that I'm complaining...I love those foods too!). This year it does kind of feel like an endless summer, at least in the place where I live. The sun keeps on shining, and the rain hasn't yet arrived. The Hubby and I are leaving for the weekend soon to head to Kamloops, B.C., for his brother's wedding. I am a bridesmaid and he is a groomsman, and all of his family and most of our friends will be in attendance, so it's sure to be a really fun time. The bonus is that when I come home I will have a new sister!
I made this tray of Caprese Salad on a Stick for a baby shower that I threw for my BFF at the end of August, and have been debating sharing it on this site ever since. Too easy? Too obvious? Or, the most obvious of all...too many Caprese posts this year? Then I reminded myself that this is my recipe archive, and all of my tasty recipe children are welcome. These puppies did get gobbled up at the shower, so I guess that qualifies them as a 'keeper.'
So, before the leaves start to fall, I present you with another 'recipe' (can I even call it that?) for a variation on Caprese Salad...this time, on a stick ladies and gentlemen! Yes, a stick! This one-bite taste explosion finger food is attractive to look at and fun to eat!
Here you go - the easiest party finger food you will ever make:
Caprese Salad On A Stick
- 35 party toothpicks, swords, skewers, or other 'stick' type vessel
- 35 grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
- 35 basil leaves, stems removed
- 1 lb. (454 grams) fresh mozzarella, cut into 35 small chunks (make sure they are wide enough to not move around on the stick)
- Balsamic glaze, for drizzling (I use the President's Choice brand because it comes in a squeezable bottle. I'm simple like that)
This is really straightforward. Take a stick, and in any order you like, slide on a tomato, a basil leaf, and a piece of cheese. Place onto a serving platter and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Ta-da!
Recipe Source: My obsession for Caprese Salad combined with something I remember seeing at a party once.