Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze are a healthier and fresh, no-bake summer appetizer. Fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes are topped with a balsamic glaze – such a classic combo but totally irresistible.
With every post, I talk about how busy things are. I keep thinking that things will slow down but I’ve reluctantly come to the conclusion that that’s not going to happen. I’ve realized that it’s just the phase of life I’m in now. Busy at work with responsibilities I can’t ditch no matter how hard I try. Kids in activities 4 times a week while trying to squeeze in homework whenever we can. This is life now.
It’s wonderful and exhausting all at once. I love seeing the kids thrive, making good friends, excelling at school and soccer, and being exposed to an assortment of other activities like basketball and playing the violin. We still make plenty of times for friends and family, but have let other things go. The house isn’t as clean as I’d like; this little blog has taken a back seat as I have lacked the motivation (and time) both in the kitchen and in front of the computer.
This appetizer is one that is super easy to make and always a hit. I made it a few weeks ago for a mother’s day brunch being hosted at a neighbor’s house, but to be honest, I’ll be making it all summer, especially if my tomatoes and basil plants thrive. (Yet another thing that’s taken a back seat – I need to plant the garden! Must do ASAP!). These Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze are easy, no-bake and fresh. Summer produce shines in these little bites!
Recipe Notes for Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze:
This is less of a recipe and more of an instructional post. Really, you can take this simple list of ingredients and make it your own. The most important thing is that the tomatoes and mozzarella are roughly the same size, whether they’re whole or halved. For that reason, I use cherry or grape tomatoes and either pearl or ciliegine mozzarella, available at most grocery stores.
- I used store bought balsamic glaze because had some on hand. But no need to buy it when you can make your own with just two pantry staples.
- Make Ahead: Caprese Skewers can be assembled up to 24 hours ahead of time and stored in the fridge. Drizzle with balsamic glaze just before serving.
Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze
Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze are a healthier and fresh, no-bake summer appetizer. Fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes are topped with a balsamic glaze - such a classic combo but totally irresistible.
- 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes halved
- 8 oz. fresh mozzarella balls pearls or ciliegine size
- 1 bunch fresh basil cleaned with leaves removed from stem
- 2-4 Tbs. balsamic glaze
Prep: Ensure mozzarella balls are roughly the same size as tomato halves. If necessary, cut in half. Tear or cut any really large piece of basil so that they're no larger than roughly twice the size of the tomato halves.
Thread the ingredients onto a toothpick, bamboo skewer or cocktail pick in the following order - tomato half, basil (folded in half or thirds if large), mozzarella, tomato, basil, and mozzarella. Repeat until all ingredients are gone.
If serving immediately, drizzle with balsamic glaze. If serving later, refrigerate until serving and drizzle with glaze just before serving.