Caprese Skewers

This is such a fun and simple party appetizer idea that all your guests will love. Caprese Skewers are a yummy mini Caprese salad that you can hold in your fingertips!

Caprese Skewers are the perfect party appetizer made with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, garlicky croutons, and zesty pepperoni, all drizzled with a tangy balsamic reduction sauce! #capresesalad #capreseappetizer www.savoryexperiments.com


 

Caprese Skewers are the perfect party appetizer made with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, garlicky croutons, and zesty pepperoni, drizzled with a tangy balsamic reduction sauce!

What is Caprese? Caprese is an Italian salad or antipasto that is typically made up of tomato, basil, and mozzarella.

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It hails from the island of Capri, which we had the pleasure of visiting last summer.

Caprese Skewers are the perfect party appetizer made with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, garlicky croutons, and zesty pepperoni, all drizzled with a tangy balsamic reduction sauce! #capresesalad #capreseappetizer www.savoryexperiments.com

One thing I find is that people tend to pronounce Caprese incorrectly. They tend to say “Caprice” like the car, instead of pronouncing it “kuh-prey-sey,” the correct way.

At least the American correct way.

Caprese Skewers are the perfect party appetizer made with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, garlicky croutons, and zesty pepperoni, all drizzled with a tangy balsamic reduction sauce! #capresesalad #capreseappetizer www.savoryexperiments.com

Most traditional Caprese salads are drizzled with nothing but really high-quality olive oil, but I really like the sticky sweetness of a balsamic reduction. The flavors are a classic pairing so it isn’t really a far reach.

You can easily buy balsamic reduction at any grocery store or specialty market. Personally, I like to make my own. It’s such a cinch.

To do it, buy a good quality balsamic vinegar and simmer on medium heat until it reduces to the point where it can coat the back of a spoon. No other ingredients, no other steps. It’s that simple.

Caprese Skewers are the perfect party appetizer made with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, garlicky croutons, and zesty pepperoni, all drizzled with a tangy balsamic reduction sauce! #capresesalad #capreseappetizer www.savoryexperiments.com

Most Caprese salads don’t include meat, but I added some to make these little skewers a touch more substantial. They work well with pepperoni, but if you want to try some other cured meats go wild.

Prosciutto, salami, or a soppressata would all work wonderfully.

Caprese Skewers are the perfect party appetizer made with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, garlicky croutons, and zesty pepperoni, all drizzled with a tangy balsamic reduction sauce! #capresesalad #capreseappetizer www.savoryexperiments.com

You don’t have to stop at the skewers with this recipe. These ingredients would be great scattered over a bed of arugula to make a salad, on top of simple pasta, as a pizza topping or even between two slices of bread for a sandwich or a panini.

I decided to transform the traditional Caprese salad into skewers so I could serve them as an appetizer. They are a little more mobile and allow your guests to mingle before sitting down at the table.

Caprese Skewers are the perfect party appetizer made with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, garlicky croutons, and zesty pepperoni, all drizzled with a tangy balsamic reduction sauce! #capresesalad #capreseappetizer www.savoryexperiments.com

I basically made Caprese salad in bite-sized snacks! They’re so easy to make you’ll say “why didn’t I think of that?!”

Coming up with ideas that turn a full-blown entree-sized dish is a personal hobby of mine. Each skewer is a bite or two. Perfect for a quick taste. Truth be told, I usually end up eating enough of them to equal a whole salad.

Caprese Skewers are the perfect party appetizer made with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, garlicky croutons, and zesty pepperoni, all drizzled with a tangy balsamic reduction sauce! #capresesalad #capreseappetizer www.savoryexperiments.com

These appetizers will fly off of the tray you serve them. Try different combinations on different skewers if you are feeling adventurous.

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Caprese Skewers are the perfect party appetizer made with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, garlicky croutons, and zesty pepperoni, all drizzled with a tangy balsamic reduction sauce! #capresesalad #capreseappetizer www.savoryexperiments.com
Caprese Skewers are the perfect party appetizer made with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, garlicky croutons, and zesty pepperoni, all drizzled with a tangy balsamic reduction sauce! #capresesalad #capreseappetizer www.savoryexperiments.com

Caprese Skewer Recipe

4.88 from 8 votes
Caprese Skewers are the perfect party appetizer made with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, garlicky croutons, and zesty pepperoni, all drizzled with a tangy balsamic reduction sauce!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Layer mozzarella cheese, basil and halved cherry tomato on each toothpick. Add a crouton to half of the skewers. Add thick-cut pepperoni to the other half, using them as a base to stand them up. 
  • Before serving, drizzle with balsamic reduction sauce. 
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

Nutrition

Calories: 89 kcal, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Protein: 6 g, Fat: 6 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 22 mg, Sodium: 180 mg, Potassium: 60 mg, Sugar: 1 g, Vitamin A: 295 IU, Vitamin C: 4 mg, Calcium: 146 mg, Iron: 0.3 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 89
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: caprese appetizer, caprese salad
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    I am all about this. I think about making these pretty much constantly, They’re that good. Is it wrong for me to have this everyday?