Last night we went to a potluck dinner party at our friends' apartment. I wanted to bring something fun and festive but simple, and ended up deciding on these cute Caprese appetizer pops.
I'm a big fan of Caprese salad in the summertime when tomatoes are ripe and good (See my toasted corn Caprese recipe here.), and I'm always a fan of food served on a stick, so I've definitely found a new favorite party food.
The assembly is really simple, so the quality of your Caprese appetizer pops really depends of the quality of the ingredients that you use. That's what I love about summer food; it's all about simple recipes that let fresh ingredients shine.
Small fresh mozzarealla balls
Half as many cherry tomatoes as you half balls of mozzarella
A small basil leaf or piece of a large leaf for every ball of mozzarella
Equal parts balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oils
A good grinding of black pepper
Step 01. Drain the mozzarella balls and drench them in the oil and vinegar. I use equal parts because of love vinegar, but you can use more oil and less vinegar if you like. Give this mixture a good grinding of pepper and stir to evenly distribute.
Step 02. Slice each cherry tomato in half.
Step 03. Poke each toothpick first through the mozzarella, then add a basil leaf, and, finally, add a cherry-tomato half, cut side away from the other ingredients.
Step 04. Serve each pop cut-side-down so that they sit on your platter nicely.