Saturday, February 6, 2010
My SuperBowl Recipe Pick!
Mozzarella Tomato and Basil Skewers
My good friends Larry and Kathy Whitty invited us for dinner the other night. When we arrived at the table, a colorful looking appetizer immediately caught my eye. The basil and fresh mozzarella were clearly identifiable, and the taste was subtle and rich. I put my own twist on this dish, but kept the spirit of the original. Thanks Kathy- this one's a keeper!
20 cherry bocconcini (a type of fresh mozzarella) or ovolini, or 5 regular bocconcini, sliced into quarters
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
20 small grape tomatoes
40 small fresh basil leaves
1. Put the bocconcini in a bowl with the oil, vinegar, parsley, chives, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or preferably overnight.
2. Thread one grape tomato on a skewer or toothpick, followed by a basil leaf, then bocconcini, another basil leaf and then another grape tomato. Repeat with more skewers and the remaining ingredients and serve.
3. In advance: These can be served immediately, or covered and chilled for up to 8 hours.