Mini Caprese Bites

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While I’m on the subject of tiny food (see yesterday’s post on mini pancake stacks here), I have to share another adorable mini food creation from this week. My hubby recently underwent an inspection at work which went perfectly, so the Colonel arranged a little potluck to congratulate J and his team on a job well done. Since I was going to have to prepare the item during P’s nap and drop it off to J at work, it had to be something that wouldn’t require too much prep work and would also transport easily. I decided to go with mini caprese bites, a mini version of traditional caprese – fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil and balsamic reduction. These are quite the Pinterest sensation which is how I got to try and LOVE them when I made them for the baby shower I threw my SIL last year. Here is how I assembled them using halved grape tomatoes, mini fresh mozzarella balls (available in the specialty cheese section or at the olive bar in many grocery stores), fresh basil and balsamic glaze. These are perfect for entertaining, SUPER delicious and so pretty to look at 🙂

First, I halved my grape tomatoes, drained my mozzarella balls (if you don’t want to purchase balls just buy a large piece of fresh mozzarella and cut into squares) and cut my basil (I cut the large leaves into quarters, the medium sized leaves in half and left the smaller leaves as they were).

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I only ate one while prepping them 😉

Next, I assembled my mini caprese bites by threading half a tomato (through the non-cut end first) then a folded piece of basil and finally a piece of mozarella.

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Finally, I assembled them in a sort of star burst pattern on a platter.

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I didn’t drizzle the balsamic glaze on right away since they were going to be sitting for a bit before being served. Still so pretty though! 🙂

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This is a pic from the first time I made them for my SIL’s baby shower.

 

 

 

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