Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle – Fresh and Light Recipe

Ingredients

For the balsamic drizzle:

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar

For the skewers:

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella balls (ciliegine size)
  • 12-15 fresh basil leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Toothpicks or small skewers

Instructions

Make the balsamic drizzle:

  • Heat the vinegar: Pour the balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce: Reduce the heat to medium-low and allow the vinegar to simmer until thickened and reduced by about half. This should take around 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on it to prevent burning.
  • Cool: Remove the pan from the heat and pour the balsamic reduction into a small bowl or container. Let it cool completely at room temperature.

Assemble the Caprese Skewers:

  • Prepare ingredients: Wash the cherry tomatoes. If using large basil leaves, fold them in half or in quarters.
  • Assemble: Thread a mozzarella ball onto a toothpick or skewer, followed by a basil leaf, and then a cherry tomato. Repeat with the remaining ingredients, creating a pleasing pattern.
  • Arrange: Place the assembled skewers on a serving plate.

Finishing and Serving

  • Season: Lightly season the skewers with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Drizzle: Drizzle the cooled balsamic reduction generously over the skewers. For a more elegant presentation, you can serve a small amount of additional balsamic reduction on the side for dipping.
  • Serve: Serve immediately and enjoy the fresh, classic flavors!

Tips:

  • Quality ingredients: Use the freshest, best quality ingredients you can find for the tastiest skewers.
  • Sweet tomatoes: Opt for sweet cherry or grape tomatoes for optimal flavor.
  • Balsamic variations: For a thicker, sweeter drizzle, you can use a store-bought balsamic glaze.
  • Make ahead: Balsamic reduction can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge. The Caprese skewers are best assembled and served fresh.

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