This is such a fun and simple party appetizer idea that all your guests will love. Caprese skewers is 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!
What is caprese? Caprese is an Italian antipasto that is typically made up of tomato, basil, and mozzarella. It hails from the island of Capri, which we had the pleasure of visiting last summer. Check out our trip HERE!
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.
Traditional caprese salad it drizzled with nothing but really good olive oil, but I really like the sticky sweetness of a balsamic reduction. You can easily make your own or buy it at the store.
You don’t just have to have it as a salad, you can use the caprese mix in multiple recipes like pasta, as a pizza topping, or even in a sandwich!
I decided to make these caprese skewers so that I could serve them as an appetizer instead of having to serve a full caprese salad. 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?!”
Personally, I love coming up with ideas that turn a dish into an appetizer recipe that I can make and serve to everyone. That way everyone gets a little taste! Even though I usually end up eating enough of them to equal a whole salad.
I know everyone thinks of salads of being healthy, but they aren’t always if you drown it in a sauce full of fat. These Caprese skewers are a healthy alternative to serve as an appetizer because not only are they bite sized, it’s made from some fresh and tasty ingredients that your body will thank you for!
If you loved this caprese salad recipe, check out these other easy party appetizer ideas:
- 16 1-inch mozzarella cheese cubes/balls
- 16 basil leaves
- 16 cherry tomatoes , halved
- 2 tablespoons balsamic reduction sauce
- 16 toothpicks
- 8 thick slices pepperoni
- 8 large croutons
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!