Saturday, March 27, 2010

Caprese On A Stick

I first saw this light and tasty appetizer at a friends Christmas party a few years ago, so I can't take credit for the idea.  Who doesn't like food on a stick? ;)  I added my home made balsamic dressing as a dip and made it my own.  Great for any event, this dish can be made a day ahead and kept in the fridge.  This one's a real crowd pleaser, so don't expect any left overs!

What You Need:
2 packages fresh mozzarella packed in water
      **look for the cherry tomato sized variety**
1 large bunch basil, leaves washed and dried
1 package cherry tomatoes, washed and dried
1 recipe balsamic dressing, recipe follows
About 30 toothpicks

What To Do:
Remove cheese from water and dry completely.  On each toothpick, place a small peice of basil between a tomato and a peice of fresh mozzarella.  Repeat the process until you use up all the cheese.  Arrange on a platter and serve with balsamic dressing.

Bon Appetit!

Balsamic Dressing

What You Need:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
Zest of 1 lemon
3 rounded tsp dijon mustard (eyeball it)
3 rounded tsp honey (eyeball it)
Salt & black pepper to taste

What To Do:

Combine all ingredients in a small food processor and whirl away until it becomes a thick glossy mixture.  If you don't have a processor, combine all ingredients in a bowl except oil with a wisk.  Once combined, slowly wisk in oil until thick and glossy.

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