Caprese Skewers – An Easy Summer Appetizer

by Jess on July 19, 2012

in Entertaining, Recipes

A couple weeks ago I was sort of under the weather, which translated to burrowing into our couch in a hoodie and craving things that are normally reserved for blustery winter evenings, like butternut squash and hot cocoa.  It was weird.

Not to mention that my under-the-weatherness resulted in an all-out omission of the Fourth of July in our house.  We just skipped it.  I think I ate soup.

Now that I’m recovered, I feel like I’m trying to catch up on summer.  It seems to have rolled in in all its glory while I was curled up on the couch. I’ve been a summer recipe pinning/blog-reading fiend, and invited friends over last night for a summery dinner.  We kicked things off with Watermelon and Mint Lemonade (some spiked with gin) and for the main event, a few salads, including the chickpeas that I cannot.stop.eating.

I loved the simplicity of the whole thing.  Everything was done the night before (we had to work on Wednesday, after all…Frank’s alarm went off at 4am on Wednesday morning – ouch).  But, these little bites of summer were so much fun that I would like to start every dinner with them.  Their memory nearly overshadowed the drizzly weather that confronted me when I went to the gym this morning.

Raindrops on the swimming pool

Hot weather, good friends, late nights.

Sounds like summer to me.  Just like tomatoes, basil and mozz.


Caprese Skewers
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Total time
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 8-10
  • 40 cherry tomatoes, cut in half (80 cherry tomatoes if using a very small variety)
  • 20 fresh Italian basil leaves, torn or cut in half
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella, cut into 40 small cubes
  • good quality balsamic vinegar, for serving
  • *40 toothpicks
  1. To make the skewers, on each toothpick, skewer one half a cherry tomato, one half a leaf of Italian basil, and one cube fresh mozzarella, and finish it with another half a cherry tomato. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Just before serving, drizzle with balsamic vinegar.


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1 Claire @ Claire K Creations July 19, 2012 at 8:28 am

I make these as a summer starter too aren’t they great?! I love that you have a pretty view from your gym. It must make it a lot more pleasant.


2 Jess July 19, 2012 at 9:07 am

These are a new favorite. You’re so right about the view (and it’s always nice to reward yourself with a dip in the pool after a workout).


3 Corey @ Learning Patience July 19, 2012 at 8:32 am

I love these…it seems great minds think a like girlie…

xoxo from Trinidad


4 Jess July 19, 2012 at 9:06 am

Corey – that’s too funny! Great minds do think alike…now about that cheese platter also featured on your post above…how do I get one of THOSE? ;)


5 Natalie July 19, 2012 at 9:49 am

Always a fun night at the Inquiring Chef household!!! Everything was D-Lish!!! Thanks for having us! xoxo


6 cindy July 23, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I think caprese in any form is always welcome! You just can’t go wrong. The skewers look so fresh and I’m glad you’re feeling better!


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