What an incredibly busy week. So hectic that this weeks Friday Night Bites is actually appearing on Friday. With work kicking into high gear along with hosting my direct reports for the annual team appreciation lunch at my house plus some other events, this week whirled by.
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I am excited to share this incredibly easy appetizer that is a true winner for any party or simply nibbling on a Friday night. I typically adorn with salami but thought pepperoni would be a nice touch along with a bit of Basil Vinaigrette. The combination was delicious. They can be made ahead of time and kept in an air tight container then simply arrange on a platter or plate and enjoy. You can drizzle the basil vinaigrette or serve on the side – you choose.
The recipe is a bit loose and I am sharing for 24 skewers plus the vinaigrette. Just curious to learn about the various ways that you have made these little nibbles. Always love hearing about others creative ideas. Happy Friday Night Bites!!!
Pepperoni Caprese Bites with Basil Vinaigrette
24 Mini Mozzarella Balls
24 Basil Leaves
24 Slices of Pepperoni
24 Small Cherry Tomatoes
Thread the mozzarella ball first then fold the pepperoni in half and half again and thread onto the toothpick. Next add the basil leaf then the tomato.
1/3 Cup Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon White Balsamic Vinegar
¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Scallion, finely minced
6 Basil leaves, chopped fine
Pinch of salt
6 Grinds of Black Pepper
In a medium glass jar, add all of the above ingredients and shake well. Let sit at least 30 minutes to let the flavors develop.