Living in Italian: Caprese Skewers
The recipe is a homage to the Caprese Salad, a mainstay on Italian-American menus! Thought to have originated in Capri, the luxurious and ancient island in the Gulf of Naples, you'll find a caprese salad in almost every restaurant or home kitchen in Italy. This recipe is the easiest way to bring a taste of Italy into your kitchen! It's no coincidence that the caprese salad resembles the Italian flag, using the best quality Italian ingredients: tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinegar. The "blood of Italy," or the tomato, brings a fresh, juicy bite paired perfectly with the luscious bocconcini, or"little bites" in Italian, tiny egg-shaped mozzarella cheese. Fun fact, bocconcini were solely made from the milk of the water buffalo, and now in modern day has been curated with a mix of the water buffalo milk and cow's milk. The basil and aged balsamic vinegar tie everything together with layers of subtle peppery bite and acidity that make these skewers burst with flavor all in a quick bite! The perfect hors d'oeurve for any cocktail party or to quickly whip up for surprise guests!
Fresh basil leaves
Aged balsamic vinegar
Start by putting cherry tomato through the skewer, then adding a basil leaf, and lastly adding bocconcini
Drizzle desired amount of balsamic
Serve and enjoy!
Tomatoes contain carotenoids called lycopene, a powerful antioxidant which reduces cardiovascular risk and improves circulation
Mozzarella is a source of protein and contains calcium and vitamin D, both important for healthy bones and normal body functions
Basil is packed with the antioxidants to protect your body and vitamin K, which helps promote bone health
Balsamic Vinegar contains antioxidants called polyphenols, which help boost the immune system