As we welcome in 2009 many of us will be attempting to maintain our healthy life styles. I indulged in my share of holiday sweets. On New Years Day I was invited to a friends for dinner and opted to bring this appetizer. I personally appreciated its healthy and refreshing taste over all the heavy foods of winter. It also looks very appealing as well!!! It was a big hit with the younger sushi eating crowd which is always a bonus!!!
I love to be "hip" and "current" mom.
**Marinated Caprese on a Stick**
1 pint grape tomatoes
24 small leaves fresh basil
1 container of bocconcini
1 package 6 to 8-inch skewers
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1- 1/2 T fresh lemon juice
1 T dried thyme leaves or basil
2 garlic cloves, minced
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
In a large bowl, whisk 1/4 cup of the olive oil with the lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme, garlic and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Spoon 1- 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture into a medium bowl, add the tomatoes and boccocini and turn to coat.
Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Skewer grape tomato, basil leaf and bocconcini ball and repeat until you have 12 skewers.
NOTE: Little Burnt Toast also enjoys drizzling balsamic vinegar on these as well.