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Easy Ensalata Caprese Skewers

Easy Ensalata Caprese Skewers
This make-ahead buffet and finger food recipe will have your guests rushing back to the table for more. Creamy mozzarella, pungent basil, and tangy tomatoes really make this dish. This is also one of those finger foods that's easy to eat-- even standing up at a cocktail party or casual buffet.

1/4 C. extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2/3 C. chopped fresh basil
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp. sea salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 pints cherry tomato (cherry pear tomatoes are best)
1 lb. bite-sized fresh ciliegine mozzarella
1 bunch fresh basil, leaves separated
6-inch bamboo skewers

In a small bowl, mix vinegar, salt, pepper, and oil til well combined. Add basil. Combine mozzarella and tomatoes in a large bowl. Add marinade and mix gently (careful-- the mozzarella is a little delicate). Cover and refrigerate from 30 minutes to 2 hours (don't marinate too long).

Remove cheese and tomatoes from marinade and skewer them as desired, making either small or large appetizer caprese kabobs. Suggested pattern is: one mozzarella ball, one basil leaf, one tomato. Repeat if desired, or make them mini-kabobs and move onto the next one.

Submitted by Suzanne Davidson