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Bocconcini Cherry Tomato Skewers

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Description

Bocconcini Cherry Tomato Skewers can be made year round but my favourite time to make these is in late summer. Tomatoes are falling off the vines in gardens, on patios and at farmers markets and are at their peak. I usually have a cherry tomato plant right beside my patio door and love catching a waft of that ‘tomato-on-the-vine smell’ as I come in and out. To me nothing says summer like that smell.

Bocconcini Cheese

Bocconcini is a ripe, fairly bland mozzarella cheese. It complements the juiciness of tomatoes and comes alive in this recipe with a sprinkling of salt. If you have a specialty sea salt this is the time to use it.

I see bocconcini at the grocery store in three sizes; large, cocktail and mini. The large balls are perfect for slicing to put on pizza. The cocktail size bocconcini balls are great for skewers or toothpicks. The minis are very tiny and work well in a salad of any kind.

Variations for Bocconcini Cherry Tomato Skewers

Your imagination is the only limitation of how you can serve this delicious combination of flavours. Be sure to finish with the salt and the balsamic glaze but the assembly is entirely open for interpretation. Here are a few of my favourite ways.

  • -Pop-in-your-mouth hors d’oeuvres for a crowd – Drizzle a platter decoratively with balsamic glaze. Assemble half a cocktail bocconcini, 1 cherry tomato and a small basil leaf on a toothpick then fill up the platter.
  • -A potluck salad – Place sliced tomatoes around the outside edge of a round platter. Fill the center with bocconcini balls and garnish with fresh basil.
  • -DIY for everyday – Toss the ingredients on a plate with a few toothpicks for an everyday dinner.
  • -A meaty version – Before assembling skewers wrap each cherry tomato with prosciutto.

Is Balsamic Glaze Gluten Free?

Balsamic glaze has become popular in recent years and is a product that should be gluten free. However, there is an ingredient list on the bottle so it should be checked. All the brands I have checked are gluten free.

I wrote a previous post on balsamic glaze vs balsamic vinegar if you are interested.

A good rule of thumb is to pay for the good stuff. To make less expensive products food companies add substitutes and this is when gluten-containing ingredients magically appear on labels where it makes no sense at all.

In Food Rules by Michael Pollan, Food Rule #44 says Pay More, Eat Less. I suggest you buy good quality and enjoy it.

If you live somewhere that you cannot find balsamic glaze then make it from scratch. Just boil balsamic vinegar until it is reduced to a glaze. Store in a squeeze bottle and enjoy.

Let me know in the comments below how you like to serve your Bocconcini Cherry Tomato Skewers.

Ingredients

cocktail size bocconcini
red or yellow cherry or grape tomatoes (or a combination)
fresh basil leaves
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
balsamic glaze

Directions

1
Thread a tomato, a bocconcini ball and a rolled-up basil leaf onto a skewer. Depending on the desired look you can repeat this for an appetizer size/salad. Alternatively you could make a smaller, pop-in-your-mouth size with a single combination of the three on a toothpick.
2
Arrange skewers on a tray.
3
Just before serving sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper, drizzle with balsamic glaze.

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