Monday, November 5, 2012

Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Reduction

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I made these skewers for a family party this weekend. The recipe was all over pinterest so I thought that I would try it out. It is pretty basic and can be made ahead of time which is helpful when things are busy. The balsamic reduction which I drizzled on top is a tad tricky, but I think I have the technique down. I didn't get a picture of the balsamic reduction but it has the same look and texture as maple syrup. I drizzled it over the entire platter right before I served it.
  • Tooth picks
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Mozzarella Balls (Try to get the tiny ones)
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • Cut basil into small pieces
  • Place tomato, basil pieces, and mozzarella balls on a toothpick. I decided to put 2 tomatoes, 2 pieces of basil, and one mozzarella ball on a toothpick, but you can choose to put on whatever you like based on your taste. Repeat until you have the desired amount of skewers.
  • Place balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in a sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Simmer for about 3-4 minutes. 
  • Take sauce pan off the heat (it will continue to thicken after you take it off the heat).
  • Wait for balsamic reduction to cool. 
  • Once you are ready to serve, drizzle the balsamic reduction over skewers. 
This website gives you a good visual of what the balsamic reduction should look like throughout the process: Cook Think

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