Mozzarella Bites

Temps des Fêtes 2002
food and drink

BY: Cynthia David

Cherry and grape tomatoes are the most flavourful winter choices. If you can't find a round of rich, creamy buffalo mozzarella, substitute bocconcini balls cut in quarters.

1 tbsp (15 mL) balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp (15 mL) extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp (1 mL) pepper
1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) salt
6 oz. (175 g) buffalo mozzarella
24 grape or small cherry tomatoes
24 basil leaves
Twenty-four 5-inch (12-cm) bamboo skewers

1. Whisk vinegar in a small bowl with oil, pepper and salt.

2. Cut cheese in twenty-four ½-inch (1-cm) cubes. To assemble, slide a tomato onto a skewer, followed by a basil leaf, folded in half, and a cheese cube. Repeat with remaining skewers. Arrange on a serving platter and brush or sprinkle with vinaigrette. Cover and let sit at room temperature up to 2 hours before serving.

Serves 8