Caprese Salad Skewers

Time: 20 minutes
Yield: about 30 skewers
Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!

16 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes (approximately)
5  ounces fresh mozzarella
fresh basil
salt and pepper
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
toothpicks
 

1. Grab some grape or cherry tomatoes. I love these Nature Sweet Cherubs in both red and yellow.
2. You'll want to use fresh mozzarella. It can be found along side the other cheeses at your local grocery store. It comes packed in a little bit of liquid, so be careful when opening the package. This particular brand also happens to be pre-sliced which is nice. Remove about 1/3 of the package and cut the slices into small chunks. 
3. Fresh basil is also a must for these little skewers. They carry  fresh basil plants at my local Walmart in the produce section. The plants are more economical than buying the small packages and if you set them in a sunny spot in your kitchen the stems should continue to grow and produce more leaves. And it's just so darn pretty to look at. :) 
4. Grab a toothpick or skewer and pierce a tomato, a piece of basil leaf, a chunk of mozzarella and another tomato. Now, if you only want to use only one tomato per toothpick, please feel free. This recipe is pretty loose. Change it at your whim. Lay the skewers on a pretty platter. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Just before you are ready to serve sprinkle the skewers with salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Taste one of the skewers and adjust the seasonings to your liking. 

Serve and enjoy! 

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