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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Skewers...Really, Really Easy

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Skewers...Really, Really Easy. I am now harvesting some tomatoes from my garden. So I thought I would share this really, really simple appetizer. This quick appetizer is wonderful for a gathering....it is rather quick to prepare. The flavors are fresh and vibrant. You really don't need that many ingredients, just simple cherry (pear) tomatoes, fresh basil and good quality fresh mozzarella balls. I also like to add some olives to some....just for the taste and color it brings. Alternately, you can substitute some feta cheese cubes as well. There are a lot of other ingredients that you can substitute...so be creative. I love to sprinkle some chopped chives and drizzle some good olive oil over them. If you like, you can cut a Roma tomato in half and place the cut side down on a plate. You can then insert the skewers into the Roma tomato...it sort of becomes a stand for the skewers. I like to marinate my mozzarella balls in some olive oil, dried onion flakes, chile flakes, and oregano/basil(or other Italian herbs)....I then let them sit in the marinade for a few hours or overnight. It really isn't necessary to marinate them, but it brings a ton of flavor. So feel free to marinate them or use use them plain. I think they even sell some that are marinated. If you can't find mozzarella balls, just use fresh mozzarella and cut them in cubes.

You will need:

mozzarella balls, preferably marinated
basil leaves
cherry tomatoes
yellow pear tomatoes
kosher salt
olive oil
chopped chives


Thread a yellow pear/cherry tomato onto a skewer, add a basil leaf , then finish with a mozzarella ball.

You can likewise add an olive as well. Repeat process and make as many skewers a s you need. Sprinkle with a small pinch of kosher salt, drizzle some olive oil and top with some chopped chives.


Sailaja Damodaran said...

Simple & healthy.U use a lot of Kosher saltis there any difference with the regular salt?

Ellie said...

Hi Sailaja,
I just fell in love with kosher salt...I love the flavor. Kosher salt is more like flakes...not round and granular like regular salt. You need to use MORE kosher salt for the amounts called for with regular salt. I can sprinkle it on anything and the flakes of salt are not too overpowerful. Plus, it blends better with the food...especially when you want to season chicken,fish or beef. I do however use regular salt when baking. Ellie