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April 30th, 2009 No Comments


I’m honestly not sure if this has been done before, but the idea came to me in the shower.  I needed to impress the guests at my friend’s dinner party with some hors deurves, and instead of looking in my massive book of recipes collected from friends; I decided to take a risk.  Guess what, it worked…big time.  People LOVED these little guys.

·   Cherry tomatoes

·   Fresh mozzarella

·   Fresh basil

·   Aged (very important) balsamic vinegar**

·   Toothpicks

WASH YOUR HANDS (I know you do, just a friendly reminder for this one.) Chop basil into little squares.  Pull apart mozzarella into dime-size pieces.  Sprinkle balsamic vinegar over cheese.  On a little plate, make a little puddle of balsamic vinegar.  Cut the cherry tomatoes in half.  Then scoop out the middle juicy part with your pointer finger.  Take a piece of cheese – if it needs more balsamic, dip it in the little puddle.  Stuff cheese in one half of a tomato.  Then add a square of basil.  Top it off with the other half of a tomato and secure vertically with a toothpick.  Repeat.  Put in refrigerator until you need them.  Serve with a side of the aged balsamic in a dish/glass.

**Aged balsamic is sweeter and thicker than regular balsamic.  It’s a little more expensive, but totally worth it! Here’s the one I love from O & Co.

Presentation note:  I love using wine and martini glasses inside of chip and veggie bowls to serve the dip.