Eat for Under $10: Caprese Salad Skewers

Dish: Caprese Salad Skewers
Makes: 12 skewers
Good For: Summer party appetizer, potlucks, lazy afternoons
Shopping list: 1 package bocconcini (mini balls of fresh mozzarella, about 1 inch in diameter — $4.99); 1 bunch basil ($2); 5 oz. cherry tomatoes (about half of a package — $1.99)
Pantry items: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper
Total cost: $8.98

Quick, colorful, inexpensive and super delicious, these caprese salad skewers are exactly what you need to bring to your next potluck dinner, put out as appetizers for a barbeque, and/or shove into your mouth this very instant.  The fresh herbs and creamy cheese come together with the pop of each juicy tomato into what can only be described as summer-tasting.  Feel like mixing it up?  Add cubed and olive oiled pieces of ciabatta bread into the mix and grill each skewer for a minute per side on the barbeque, or until cheese is melty and bread is toasted.  Yours truly has no barbeque to speak of (giant, huge, gaping hole in my apartment/heart), but in today’s 80 degree Chicagoland heat, nothing could have been better than pulling these babies straight from the fridge.  For less than $10, make these today.  Your roommates will thank you.  Mine did.

Kendra Vaculin is a junior at Northwestern University triple majoring in theatre, creative writing, and making entire meals from the Whole Foods bulk bins/$4 cheese basket.  She maintains the blog North South East Dressed and is pretty sure she accidentally got a high-waisted jean shorts tan line today.

**Recipe**

Caprese Salad Skewers

Ingredients

I bought bocconcini, tiny balls of fresh mozzarella sold in water, because they are cute and their size and shape lends well to skew-age.  You could definitely also buy larger portions of fresh mozzarella and cut them to about 1 inch squares.

24 small balls (or cubes!) of fresh mozzarella, about 1 inch in diameter
1 bunch of fresh basil
5 ounces cherry tomatoes
Olive oil and balsamic vinegar for drizzling
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

Slide 2 pieces of cheese, some basil leaves, and two tomatoes onto each skewer (I did cheese, basil, tomato, basil, cheese, tomato…but that’s because I wanted it to be pretty).  You can find bamboo skewers with the grilling paraphernalia in your grocery store; be sure to soak the skewers in water first if you are choosing to grill with them to ensure that they don’t catch fire.

Arrange skewers on a plate and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Either serve immediately or return plate to fridge to chill before serving.

Originally posted on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

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