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Tortellini Caprese Bite Skewers

on 06/04/2012

In anticipation for those of us who don’t have ripened tomatoes hanging on our vines yet and for those of you who are blessed to, this is a fantastic little number that works great as an appetizer, salad, party food, and some would say dessert!  It is yummy!  We had these at the Ladies’ Tea at our place and they not only tasted good, they made a cute display.  Because they’re on skewers, you could stick them into a styrofoam cube/ball and place that inside a container.  Since ours was a tea, we used one of the large teacup/saucer planters you see in stores.

If you have any trouble finding the fresh mozzarella, you can easily use a nice block of mozz and cut it into cubes.

Tortellini Caprese Bite Skewers

1  (9 oz) pkg refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini

3 cups grape tomatoes, halved

3 (8 oz) containers fresh small mozzarella cheese balls

Basil leaves (as many as the number of skewers you plan to make)

6″ wooden skewers

Prepare tortellini according to directions on package.  Drain and rinse under cold water.

On each skewer, thread a tomato half, basil leaf, cheese ball, tomato half, tortellini, and another tomato half.  Place skewers in a 9 x 13″ casserole dish.  Pour Basil Vinaigrette over skewers, turning to coat.  Cover and chill two hours or overnight.  Transfer skewers to a platter and discard the remaining vinaigrette.  Can be sprinkled with salt and pepper, if desired.

Basil Vinaigrette

1 cup olive oil

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup honey

3 Tbs chopped fresh basil

2 cloves garlic, minced

Mix ingredients thoroughly.  If not used right away, refrigerate and shake before using.

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