The holiday season is just around the corner, and you may be looking for a simple appetizer to have on the table while you finish cooking (or drinking or watching TV or sleeping). I recently had a Girls’ (Wine & Sweets) Night, and I wanted one non-sweet appetizer to temper the sugar high. While searching the interwebs, the several variations on the caprese salad I came across triggered memories of caprese salad ingredients on a stick I was once served at a friend’s party. I decided to add salami and and put a balsamic dipping sauce in a bowl, and 20 minutes later, I gave the impression that I had put significant effort into creating a snack.
Small Mozzarella Balls (also known as bocconcini. Or you could just cut fresh mozzarella into bite sized pieces)
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1. Slice the salami into 1/4 inch slices. Cut each slice into quarters.
2. Assemble the caprese sticks: mozzarella ball, piece of basil folded in two, cherry tomato, salami piece
3. In a small pot, bring the balsamic vinegar to a boil. Lower heat to just above a simmer, and reduce to a sauce, about half the original volume. (Have a window open when you do this, or your apartment will smell like vinegar.) (Don’t have the temperature too high or the sauce will be a thick goo and not an actual sauce.)