Monday, May 18, 2015

Caprese Appetizer Bites


If  you have an over abundance of cherry tomatoes and fresh basil from your garden this summer, this is a great way to use them up.  Low carb and healthy too!  Great for parties or just for snacking.  They make a beautiful presentation but are super easy to make. These yummy little treats are a healthier alternative to snacking on chips and dip.  I found these tiny little mozzarella cheese balls in the deli section of the grocery store.  If you can't find the cheese in this little size you can always slice larger pieces of fresh mozzarella down to the same size as the tomatoes.   Tomatoes are a great  source of  vitamins C and potassium.  Basil has been shown to reduce inflammation and both basil and tomatoes are heart healthy.  So what's not to love about this delicious and healthy appetizer?
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Ingredients:
  •  1 pint cherry tomatoes
  •  4 ounces small mozzarella cheese balls
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
  • 3/4 ounce fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • toothpicks or skewers
Directions:
Toss tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, olive oil, chopped basil, salt, and pepper together in a bowl until well coated. Skewer  mozzarella cheese balls and tomatoes with fresh basil leaves in between. 

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