What is it that’s so damn appealing about food on a stick…? Whether it’s from nostalgic childhood memories from roasting, let’s face it, anything edible over a campfire, or as a teenager strolling around the fairgrounds, not a care in the world and noshing on a corn dog or cotton candy, it’s just plain likeable. Isn’t food more enjoyable when it’s fun…? Finding absolutely no reason to not partake in the same joy with more grown up foods, I’ve turned everybody’s favourite Italian summer salad into Caprese Salad Skewers~
These adorable skewers have all the classic tastes of a Caprese salad, well-known for its exquisite summer freshness. (Just don’t even try it at any other time of year. Seriously.) It’s imperative that it’s made using the freshest of local & seasonal ingredients including tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and good quality extra virgin olive oil.
Change can be Good…
In addition to altering it’s presentation, I’ve taken it a step further, subbing in fresh pesto for the basil. Having just made pesto Genovese which filled my kitchen with the most enticing aromas, generously spooning it on top rather than threading the skewers with basil leaves… was a moment of true kitchen alchemy! And a delicious one~
Summer food should be simpler…
There’s something that’s just so easy when it comes to summer eating, and rightly so. At this time of year, when so much produce is incredibly fresh and local, it demands you do as little as possible to it! Not surprisingly it’s how many cultures eat, and the food philosophy they follow.
Size doesn’t matter…
I thought I had smaller skewers. Rather than going out to get something smaller I used what I had, and ended up rather liking the look of the longer ones. A little dramatic punch, if you will! You could use any size skewers you like, and of course add more of the ingredients. Depending on if you want them to be a small bite, like an amuse bouche, or something a little more substantial. Do what you like! It’s your kitchen and you’ve got the wheel~
Imagine passing these around at your next summer party – whatever it may be. Don’t forget the grated Parmigiano Reggiano for garnishing. Buon appetito~
Caprese Salad Skewers
- 5 pieces red cherry or grape tomatoes halved, seasoned with salt & pepper
- 3 pieces bocconcini cheese torn in half
- 1 - 2 tablespoons basil pesto Genovese
- few gratings Parmigiano Reggiano for garnish
- 10 pieces wooden skewers, from 3 to 6 inches length
per skewer : 1 piece bocconcini, 2 pieces tomato halves, 1 teaspoon approx. fresh basil pesto
Alternating the colours, start with tomato, add bocconcini, then other tomato piece.
If you’re serving them laying on their side, just snug the pieces together and lay them on a serving platter.
Spoon over the pesto and sprinkle with the grated Parmigiano and be sure to serve at room temperature.
Note: If you’re going to present the skewers standing up, they’ll need a little more care. Hold the skewer upright threading on the pieces making sure you start with a flat bottom tomato piece, and remaining pieces will keep the skewer upright.