I love the idea of dinner parties. The thought of cooking a full on turkey dinner scares the crap out of me, but I love preparing beautiful party food and appetizers. Nothing beats a perfect charcuterie board or bite sized nibble. I helped prepare an Italian dinner party a few months back in Calgary. We asked all of the guests to bring a bottle of Italian wine, we prepared the rest of the Italian feast. My contribution was a new twist on Caprese Salad, an idea I discovered on Pinterest. It looks just as good, if not, better than it tastes!
What you need:
- Cocktail sized tomatoes
- Mozzaralla cheese (Pearls ideally, but you can use any high-quality mozzarella)
- Fresh basil leaves
- A dash of salt
- Balsamic vinegar
- Olive oil
- Serving platter (I recommend a simple white one, which will best show off the vibrant colours in this dish)
Using a sharp knife slice the tomatoes in half horizontally. If the tomatoes do not sit on the platter without rolling over, my tip is to cut a small amount off of the bottom of the tomato as well, so that it has a flat surface to sit on. Next stack your mozzarella and your basil in the centre of the tomato, and put the top back on. Repeat this until you have enough to feed all of your guests. Depending on the size of your party I would estimate about three tomatoes per person. When all of the tomatoes are assembled on the tray lightly drizzle your balsamic and olive oil over them, I found it works best to put your finger over the spout so that you can control the flow of the oil and vinegar. Finally, sprinkle a little bit of salt over the dish and viola, you’re done! Now just prepare for your guest to ohh and ahh over your creativity!