Recipe by MADDIECAT
"A great way to serve tomato mozzarella salad. Great presentation; always a hit! You can find the bite-sized mozzarella ('Bocconcini') at most supermarkets. If they are on the larger side, cut them in half."
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grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
fresh basil leaves
small balls fresh mozzarella cheese (often labeled bocconcini)
salt and pepper to taste
extra virgin olive oil
Sooo goooood!! I literally JUST posted this recipe on here as well after finding a similar one a different site. I brought these last night to a picnic and they were a hit! There were none left and I made about 50 of them! I bought everything from Trader Joes-a pack of basil, sweet cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella balls that came in a container with an olive oil/herb marinade. I assembled these like this picture and since the balls were already in a marinade I just spooned a tiny bit of the marinade left in the container over the entire plate! Then I sprinkled a tiny bit of salt and cracked pepper. Also, I used the rest of the basil to cover the plate before arranging these. It's a beautiful presentation! A must have for parties, picnics, wherever!!
Very pretty! However, the cheese started drying out very quickly after I set the tray out. It tasted much better when I started making them than when they actually were eaten just about an hour later.
I used Ciliegine Mozzarella (the smallest fresh mozzarella balls) but I wish I had been more concerned w/ the quality of the mozzarella instead of the size. The brand I chose was completely flavorless. I can halve a bigger ball but it's hard to add flavor to flavorless mozzarella. ;o) Like so many reviewers, I used the vinegar & oil as a marinade instead of as a dip. Don't skimp on the salt! I think next time I'll either put a little bowl of salt out, to roll the tomatoes in or I'll serve the bites on a bed of kosher salt. Great appetizer for a fettucine alfredo dinner...thanks! SiNsGirl's pic is superb so I saved myself the embarassment of posting a pic. LOL Great job, SiNsGirl!
If you only use 1/2 grape tomato, basil leaf, & 1/2 mozzarella ball on a toothpick, you have a 1 bite snack! Yummy!
I use grape tomatoes and mozzarella balls approximately the same size and cut both in half,placing them on a toothpick starting with 1/2 tomato,piece of basil,mozzarella,basil and tomato,place them on serving dish....then I make an olive tapenade and drizzle that over the tomato, mozzarella bites.....delicious!tapenade recipe is as follows:1/4 cup chopped pitted kalmata olives, 1/2 cup xtra v. OO, 1/4 tsp minced garlic, 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper, pinch dried oregano..mix all in a mini blender and pulse until blended..drizzle over tomato bites....now it is a 5 star!! this tapenade freezes well for future use!
I served these at an appetizer party and everyone thought they were really cute and tasty.
Instead of using the balsamic vinegar as a dip, I drizzled it on top of the bites with some zesty italian dressing and dried herbs. Turned out great.
I, too, used the oil and vinegar as a marinade and found these to be a very easy, tasty appetizer. Since I don't like salty food, I orginally didn't add much salt, but upped the amount after reading the review by IMVINTAGE. It made a huge difference in the flavor. Heavenly!
Very easy to make, I had my daughter put them together. I did purchase the fresh mozzarella in the dairy section and cut it into 1/2 in cubes, the fresh mozzarella mini balls were a little pricey. I also just purchased a bottle balsalmic vinagrette and marinated the bites in that. Tasted like bruchetta without the bread!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Tomato and Mozzarella Bites
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 161
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