Summer afternoons call for these fun Caprese Skewers! Cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and cubes of mozzarella cheese threaded on skewers and drizzled with an easy balsamic reduction. Delicious!
When I was a kid, my mom would cut up a tomato and put a little salt and pepper on it and serve it to us with our dinner. I remember hating eating tomatoes like that. It’s supposed to be a fruit but it’s not sweet, so as a kid it goes right into the vegetable category. Ha!
But then I grew up and now I can’t get enough of them. I buy two containers of cherry tomatoes every week and keep them on the counter to snack on during the day. They’re so sweet and crunchy.
My husband and I have always enjoyed caprese anything. (Have you tried my Caprese Balsamic Chicken? So good!) On the weekends while we’re preparing dinner, I like to cut up a tomato or two, some mozzarella and basil and put it on a plate and drizzle it with balsamic vinegar for an appetizer. It’s healthy and tastes so good.
The other day, I asked my husband what he wanted for dinner and he mentioned making caprese skewers. I’d never really thought about putting them on skewers but thought it would be fun for the kids to help with.
So I put my kids to work putting the skewers together. They’re like the easiest things in the world to make. While they were doing that, I reduced some balsamic vinegar on the stovetop. Have you ever done that before? It’s crazy how much better it tastes when you do! The balsamic vinegar becomes thicker and the flavor is much more intense. I could drink the stuff.
I drizzled the balsamic reduction over the caprese skewers and then we ate every last bit of them. It’s a fun snack to bring to a potluck or to make when you have guests coming over. Or just to make as a side dish with your burgers. 🙂 Plus, everything is cuter on a stick, right?!
- cherry tomatoes
- fresh mozzarella, cut into cubes (I used Bel Gioioso brand)
- fresh basil leaves
- 1 cup good balsamic vinegar
- wooden skewers
- Thread cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cubes, and basil leaves onto skewers, repeating until the skewer is filled. Repeat until you get the amount of skewers you want.
- Place balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer on medium-heat and then turn down heat to a low simmer. It will take about 10 minutes to thicken and reduce. Keep a close eye on it so it doesn't burn. When it coats a spoon, it's finished.
- Take off heat and let cool for a few minutes. Drizzle over the skewers and serve. Enjoy!