Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mini Caprese Skewers-Our Appetizer du jour!

Mini Caprese Skewers are easy. And delicious! And you cannot eat just one! I have made these many times, and I have never had anyone say that they don't like them! So let's give them a whirl!!
Here is what you need:

Mini Caprese Skewers

Grape Tomatoes
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
Spinach Leaves
Homemade Italian Dressing
(recipe to follow)
Mini Skewers

Italian Dressing
(adapted from grouprecipes.com)
1 cup Red Wine Vinegar
1 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil-Cold Pressed
2 tablespoons Water
1/2 tablespoon Garlic Powder
1/2 tablespoon Onion Powder
1/2 tablespoon Granulated Sugar
1 tablespoon Dried Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Dried Thyme
1/2 teaspoon Dries Basil
1/2 tablespoon Dried Parsley
1/4 teaspoon Celery Seed
Pour your vinegar in a large bowl.
Pour your Olive Oil in the bowl.
Whisk the two together.
Add the water, garlic powder, onion powder, sugar,
oregano, black pepper, thyme, basil, parsley, and celery seed.
Whisk after each addition.
Cover and place in the refrigerator.
It will last for 60 days, but I guarantee it will be
gone before then. It's that good!

Now lets make the skewers!
Wash your spinach leaves. You will need one 
piece per skewer.
Pat dry with a paper towel.
Wash your tomatoes. You will need one per skewer.
 Cut your mozzarella cheese in half.
Cut each half in half.
Cut slices of the cheese so that when they are cut,
there are four pieces per slice.
Put as many grape tomatoes and pieces of mozzarella cheese
as you will need for as many skewers as you are making in a bowl.
Pour in some of the Italian dressing. Mix the cheese and tomatoes so 
they are all coated with the dressing.
Keep the rest of the dressing, as we will use it for the Pasta Salad,
which is the side dish we are making on Thursday.
Cut the stems off of the spinach leaves you are using.
Start your skewers by folding your spinach leaf in half,
and if it is still too big, fold it in half again. Then place it on the skewer
and bring it to the top.
Add a tomato to your skewer. You can put the tomato on either 
the round section first,or skewer the oval section. It will make a difference 
when you are done. They will look different, as you will see.
Add your piece of cheese. You can put the cheese on the 
skewer as shown above, of you can put it on lengthwise,
for a different look.
Your skewer is done!
Here are the skewers all done up and lookin' pretty.
See how on some of the skewers the tomatoes 
and cheese are on the skewers longwise. 
Then some of the others are on shortwise(is that a word?).
The difference is that one way the skewer is showing at the 
bottom, in the other way it is not. It makes no difference
which way you do it, but all of the skewers on the same plate are
usually all done the same way. It just gives it a better look.
Enjoy the Mini Caprese Skewers!

Thanks for joining me today! 
Tomorrow we will be making our filet mignon sandwiches
with the semi homemade rolls.
Don't miss it!