These Mini Caprese Bites are the perfect warm summer night appetizer!

I’m so glad that hospitality is not always about me opening up my home, and that I also have very hospitable friends.

Last week my friend invited some moms and daughters to her beautiful back yard on a warm summer’s night. I think we were having such a good time, we lost track of time!

The next morning when I woke up, I counted the hours that we were together – seven hours! We started at 5:30 and left after midnight. And I think our daughters had a bit of fun, too. :)

(Photo taken by my Abby)

If you’re a reluctant entertainer, remember sometimes the easiest thing to do is to have everyone bring an appetizer or salad. Especially if you’re entertaining women, they are perfectly content with a meal like this.

We had melon wrapped in prosciutto, homemade salsa and chips, bacon wrapped chestnuts, bread bowl filled with amazing spinach dip, and a sweet strawberry green salad. Yes, my friends are fantastic cooks!

Since our cherry tomatoes are in fully ripe right now, I knew right away what I’d be bringing when I said “yes” to the invitation.

Mini Caprese Bites on a Stick. Light and easy. The essence of summer.

When’s the last time you invited girlfriends over for a light meal?



 

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Mini Caprese Bites

Ingredients

  • 16 ripe grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 16 fresh mozzarella balls or chunks, about the same size of the tomato
  • 16 basil leaves
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  • Wash and dry the cherry tomatoes. Pierce the tomatoes with the toothpicks and lay them out on a plate.
  • Fold the basil leaf in half and push it onto each tomato, on the toothpick.
  • Next, push the chunk of mozzarella onto the toothpick, under the basil leaf.
  • Place each Caprese Bite onto a platter.
  • Whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning together.
  • Drizzle the olive oil mixture over the tomatoes and serve!
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