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Caprese Skewers with Pesto

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This bite-sized appetizer is the perfect start to a classic Italian meal. They're great for entertaining or bringing to a potluck. The ingredients are simple, and they come together with ease. Whether you're hosting a dinner for two or 20, these tiny treats will satisfy all tastes.

Ready in
20 m
15 m
(prepare time)
5 m
(cook time)
2
Servings
725
Calories Per Serving

Ingredients

For the pesto

  • 12 medium basil leaves
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

For the skewers:

  • 1 small basket cherry tomatoes (about 10 ounces)
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 1/2 Pound small mozzarella balls
  • 1/4 Cup homemade pesto

Directions

For the pesto

Step 1: With a mortar and pestle, pound 12 basil leaves, 3 cloves garlic, 2 tablespoons pine nuts, and a pinch of salt until thoroughly mashed.

Step 2: Mix in 3 tablespoons olive oil until well combined.

Other Method: Alternatively, pesto can also be made in a blender. Blend the basil, garlic, and pine nuts, then slowly add the oil. Blend on low to a smooth paste. Season with salt.

For the skewers:

Step 1: To assemble skewers, line up a cherry tomato, basil leaf, and a mozzarella ball on a toothpick, with the basil in the middle.

Step 2: Continue until you run out of ingredients, arranging the skewers on a large plate. 

Step 3: When they've all been assembled, take your pesto and spoon about ½ teaspoon on each skewer.