My friend Leslie was daring enough to let me cater her sister-in-law, and her baby shower these past two weeks. It was my first time catering, and while at one point I was almost in tears, everything turned out okay. One of my favorite dishes I made were these cute little mini caprese salads. I know I have already made a caprese variation but I just love this flavor combination! I also have fresh basil growing in my window and that alone makes the flavor so much more spectacular. These come together quick and the wow factor will leave people thinking you slaved for hours. You can serve with plain balsamic vinegar and olive oil, or with a sweet balsamic reduction. Either way, you will love these!!
Mini Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction
1 container Bocconcini Mozzarella
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 handful fresh basil
1 cup balsamic vinegar
In a small saucepan add vinegar and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer.
While vinegar is reducing assemble your salads. Take a toothpick and skewer one tomato, followed by a basil leaf, and a bocconcini ball. If the cheese is fairly large, cut in half with a knife so everything is bite sized.
Repeat until everything is used up. At this point (10-15 minutes later) the vinegar should be thick and syrup like. Place all your mini skewers on a serving plate and drizzle with reduction.