Mad-easy Caprese bites

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Every once in a while, I see a recipe online and think, "DUH! Why didn't I come up with that one myself?" 

This recipe from mint love social club falls right into that category. These Caprese bites take almost no time to make and require only five ingredients, plus salt and pepper. Plus, no heat is needed to make them, so they're a great option for hot summer days. And they're gorgeous! I'm taking them to a dinner party tonight and can't wait to get a reaction from our hosts!

You will need:

  • grape or cherry tomatoes
  • fresh mozzarella
  • basil leaves
  • balsamic vinegar
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Steps:

  1. First, prep the ingredients. Wash the tomatoes and cut them in half. Cut the mozzarella into pieces roughly the size of the tomato halves. Slice the basil leaves into roughly one-inch square pieces. (I used a pair of kitchen shears.)
  2. Take one tomato half, top it with a basil leaf piece, and top that with a mozzarella piece. Stick a toothpick through the stack. Repeat until you've made enough Caprese bites for your gathering.
  3. Place the skewers on a serving plate. Drizzle them lightly with balsamic vinegar (a spoon helped me out) and olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or stick in the fridge for later.

So easy! The original recipe suggests using a balsamic reduction, but I didn't feel like using the stovetop today.  You could possibly save a little time by buying bocconcini instead of one large chunk of mozzarella, but you'd need to cut the mozzarella balls in half anyway, and they're usually more expensive than the bigger chunks. Eh, it wasn't worth it to me. Besides, I like that my platter of Caprese bites don't look uniform; some of the tomato halves are bigger than others, some of the basil leaves hang over the sides, and the mozzarella pieces are in all different shapes. They look like they were made with love, and I like that about them.