Easy, festive, and beautiful. A traditional caprese makes a great holiday appetizer, or anytime snack!
Sometimes keeping things simple is literally the best thing ever. Don’t you agree? I certainly find when it comes to party appetizers, the simple ones help me stay sane and happy, while also keeping guests happy.
Because I know how hectic life is during the holidays I wanted to share with you one of my favorite go-to appetizer ideas, whether it is for a party I am hosting, or one I am attending. This particular appetizer never disappoints. Plus it is green and red, so it is totally festive too!
My Dad lived in Italy for 2 years while he served a mission for our church. I grew up hearing all about it, and eating Italian foods. One of my favorite Italian restaurants that was local to our home was called the Dulce Vita (The Sweet Life), sometimes I would get to go on a daddy-daughter date to this restaurant where my dad would practice his Italian and chat up the older couple who had immigrated to the US and started this fun little restaurant.
Never fail I would order a calzone with a combination of their red sauce and white sauce, and if my dad let me, I would order caprese for my appetizer. I loved the acidity of the balsamic vinegar, the creaminess of the mozarella cheese, and the freshness of the tomato and basil. To this day it remains one of my favorites.
I recently discovered that it is even easier to make this favorite of mine than I had thought. How? Because you can buy balsamic glaze, which is basically a bottle of already reduced balsamic. No need to cook it down to a thick syrupy goodness, then let it cool before drizzling it over your tomatoes and cheese! So utilize this trick, buy balsamic glaze, and enjoy this easy holiday appetizer!
- 4 ounces mozzarella cheese
- 2 roma tomatoes
- 3/4 cup basil
- Balsamic glaze
- Slice tomatoes
- Layer cheese, tomato, and basil
- Drizzle a prepared balsamic glaze over the top
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