Here's another quick and delicious appetizer you can throw together in just minutes:
Mozzarella Fresca Red Caps
(yields approx. 20 pieces)
The balls of fresh mozzarella (purchased pre-marinated from the grocery store) are tucked inside a halved and seeded cherry tomato with a small leaf of fresh basil. It's a one-bite take on the traditional Mozzarella Fresca. It's perfect for parties, especially during Christmastime -- When prepared with the tomato on top, these sophisticated treats resemble little elves with their RED CAPS and green "hair".
10-12 Cherry Tomatoes, halved and seeded
(I use the small side of a melon baller)
1 small container marinated fresh mozzarella balls
(if unmarinated, toss in some olive oil, salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar)
20-24 small fresh basil leaves, rinsed and patted dry
salt & pepper
(I like kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper)
Step 1: Toss the seeded cherry tomato halves with a bit of olive oil, or some of the marinade oil from the mozzarella container. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Step 2: Take one cherry tomato half and place one small fresh basil leaf in the center of the depression. Place one mozzarella ball on top and pierce through the center of cheese, tomato and basil with a cocktail pick.
Step 3: Refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be prepared up to three days in advance.
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