Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Caprese Kabobs

Football season is upon us.

I love football season for two main reasons.

1. I get to watch my husband play football. Go Miami Dolphins!

Whether you are tailgating or throwing a football party at your house, food is always one of the main attractions when football season rolls around. Not just any food. Football food. Yes, there is a difference. Dips boasting bacon and cream cheese. Wings. Beer. A plethora of appetizers and finger foods.

From Preseason to Opener and on through the Superbowl, more calories are consumed through the consumption of scrumptious football food, than I care to even imagine. I just don't think about it. Give me the Buffalo Chicken Dip. Bring on those Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos! Pass the Reuben Dip please!

Though I refuse to count calories during football season, I do host a few "healthy" friends and family members....And my poor self needs something fresh once in a while too. That is when I turn to Katie's Colorful Salsa, California Spicy Shrimp Bites, and now Caprese Kabobs.

Caprese Kabobs are perfect for the health conscious tailgater. I like mine mini size on cute plastic skewers that I found for $ .89 at Bed Bath and Beyond. They make the perfect Mini Caprese Kabob that you can eat in a single bite. Crush a little fresh ground pepper over the top, dress with a drizzle of reduced balsamic if you choose, and wahlaa! Caprese on a kabob. Mini size.

From toothpicks to shish kabob sticks. You can really make these Caprese Kabobs any size you wish. These are GREAT for making ahead of time. I made mine for a Ladies Hard Knocks viewing party. I assembled everything ahead of time except the drizzle of reduced balsamic. Saran wrapped, and refrigerated until party time.

Make these mini Caprese Kabobs for your next tailgate, football gathering, or special event. They will go just as fast as the hot wings. Honestly. What a nice fresh change up!

Caprese Kabobs

Tomatoes- Cherry or Grape
Fresh Mozzarella - Small Balls
Fresh Basil
Fresh Ground Pepper
Olive Oil
Fini Balsamic Glaze (see pic below) - Or reduced Balsamic 
     (Fini Balsamic Glaze really is the best. And it lasts forever. I got mine at Wholefoods, but you can  
      buy it online too. I linked to Amazon for you where they price in 3 bottle packs.)
Toothpicks or skewers

-Rinse Tomatoes and Basil
-Stick everything on the skewers in this order.
     1. Tomato
     2. Basil
     3. Mozzarella
     4. Basil
     5. Tomato (If needed - judge by the size of everything)
-Crush a bit of black pepper over all of the prepared Caprese Kabobs.
-Cover and refrigerate until 10-15 minutes before serving. Then take out of fridge, let sit
  at room temp, and drizzle with the Fini Balsamic Glaze.
-Serve and watch people's eyes light up.

1 comment:

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