Strawberry Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze are quick and easy appetizers that can be prepared in minutes. A balsamic reduction is drizzled over fresh, juicy strawberries, mozzarella cheese, and basil, making this the ideal snack for spring and summer celebrations. Surely it will be a hit at your next party.
This fun variation of the traditional Caprese salad replaces the classic tomato with sweet strawberries, which pair beautifully with the rich balsamic glaze and fresh basil.
Can you make fruit skewers the night before?
The skewers can be made ahead of time and frozen for subsequent use. If your fruit is about to spoil, this is a fantastic solution.
Why do you soak skewers in water?
Over a hot grill, wooden skewers, such as the typical bamboo skewers can easily burn. To protect the skewers from cooking with the food, soak them in warm water for 10 to 30 minutes before threading.
When are strawberries in season?
Strawberry season is in full swing for most of the country in June. Thanks to ever-bearing types that may produce until nearly the first frost, you might see them at some farmers’ markets in the fall.
What are the ingredients to make strawberry Caprese skewers with balsamic glaze?
The following are the ingredients that you’re going to need to make this good for 4 servings recipe with 15 minutes prep time and 10 minutes cook time.
- Strawberries – Use perfectly ripe and fresh berries that have a bright red tint all over and are firm.
- Fresh basil leaves – To add color and freshness to each bite.
- Ciliegine (mini-Mozzarella balls) – It has the right amount of saltiness and creaminess to complement strawberries.
- Balsamic vinegar – It adds a wonderful tang to the skewers.
- High-quality extra-virgin olive oil – For an extra hit of flavor.
How to make strawberry Caprese skewers with balsamic glaze?
Now that you have gathered all of your ingredients, it is time to make this recipe. Follow the instructions below.
Keep in mind that on contact with the heated balsamic sauce, the cheese will begin to melt. Avoid adding the glaze to the cheese while dripping it onto the skewers for a cleaner presentation. You will also need 16 6” wooden skewers.
Starting with the hull facing up, thread the top half of one strawberry onto a wooden skewer. Fold one basil leaf in half and thread it onto the skewer, dark side facing out. Add one mini-Mozzarella ball, one folded basil leaf, and the bottom half of the strawberry to the plate.
Repeat Step 1 with the remaining strawberries, basil, and Mozzarella until all 16 skewers are complete. Set aside after arranging on a serving dish.
Then in a small sauté pan over medium-high heat, add balsamic vinegar to make the glaze. Cook until the vinegar has been reduced to roughly 1/3 of its original volume, stirring constantly.
Remove the glaze from the heat and set it aside to cool somewhat. Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on top of the skewers if desired. Serve right away and enjoy!
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- 16 fresh, small strawberries, washed and cut in half across the width, hull intact
- 32 medium fresh basil leaves, washed and patted dry
- 16 Ciliegine (mini-Mozzarella balls)
- 1 c. balsamic vinegar
- Thread the top half of one strawberry onto a wooden skewer with the hull facing up. Next, fold one basil leaf in half, dark side facing out, and add it to the skewer. Add one mini-Mozzarella ball, followed by another folded basil leaf, and the bottom half of the strawberry.
- Repeat Step #1 with the remaining strawberries, basil, and Mozzarella until you have 16 completed skewers. Arrange on a serving platter and set aside.
- To prepare the glaze, add balsamic vinegar to a small sauté pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vinegar is reduced to about 1/3 of its original volume.
- Remove glaze from heat and let cool slightly. Drizzle over the skewers, along with some extra virgin olive oil, if desired. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Tip: The warm balsamic glaze will start to melt the cheese on contact. For a cleaner presentation, avoid adding the glaze to the cheese while drizzling it onto the skewers.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 66Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g
These nutritional calculations might not be accurate. Please speak with a licensed nutritionist to assist you.