Need a super simple appetizer for your next party? These caprese skewers with balsamic drizzle couldn’t be easier to put together, taste absolutely delicious, and are always a perfect crowd-pleaser!
I love caprese salad. The combination of rich mozarella, fresh tomatoes and aromatic basil, plus a drizzle of balsamic glaze …. it reminds me of Italy and sunshine; a.k.a., everything great. Caprese is bursting with fresh flavor. So really, any combination of caprese is pretty much right up my alley. I’ve actually shared our favorite caprese chicken sandwiches on crunchy ciabatta bread with balsamic greens and the best ever pesto mayo, caprese tortellini salad with toasted pinenuts, fresh mozzarella & grape tomatoes, and an easy caprese pizza with balsamic glaze made using Trader Joe’s ingredients, here on the blog before … because, again, love it so much. I debated whether today’s caprese recipe was just too simple for the blog; it’s such a standout hit at our parties, that I thought, surely, you guys would want to know about it!
Caprese skewers are the perfect snackable appetizer. Fresh and light and totally delicious, your caprese skewers will fly off the platter.
Soooo, if you’re looking for that perfect simple (no baking or cooking required) appetizer for a party or gathering or dinner, look no further than our favorite simple caprese skewers with balsamic drizzle.
- cherry or grape tomatoes
- mini fresh mozarella balls; or whole fresh mozarella, cubed (drain and pat dry before adding to your skewers)
- fresh basil leaves
- balsamic glaze (or one cup of balsamic vinegar, reduced to a glaze)
- olive oil
- salt + pepper
- NOTE: You'll also need regular-sized toothpicks.
- Using your toothpicks, assemble one mozarella ball, a small piece of rolled up or folded basil (so that it stays on the toothpick), and a tomato. I like to nestle the basil between the mozarella and tomato so that it stays put.
- Arrange your finished skewers on a platter, drizzle with a little olive oil, balsamic glaze, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
- OPTIONAL: To make your own balsamic glaze, add one cup of balsamic vinegar to a sauce pan over medium heat. Once it comes to a boil, set on simmer for about 10-15 minutes until it reduces to a syrup consistency. (Basically, once the vinegar is reduced to half its volume.) You can check on the consistency by dipping a spoon into the balsamic glaze and if it covers the back of it, it's done. Remove from heat and allow to cool before topping your skewers.
Serve and enjoy at your next party!
I’ve included the simple one-ingredient recipe (above) for making your own balsamic drizzle (a.k.a., balsamic glaze), but you could just as easily use store-bought balsamic glaze. (It tastes identical and will save you a step!)
Serve your caprese skewers with balsamic glaze with a basket of crusty bread or your favorite crackers, and watch that appetizer disappear. And in case you have leftovers (not that you will … we never do!), make this caprese tortellini salad with toasted pinenuts, fresh mozzarella & grape tomatoes. Also amazing.
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