Monday, March 15, 2010

Caprese Roses

The thing is - I am susceptible. I was paging through a book devoted to small bites at a book store and saw these. They called them "Caprese Lollipops." My daughter called them "Caprese Roses." I left the store and bought tomatoes. Because sometimes you need something fanciful in your life.

I have always made "Caprese-on-a-stick" for appetizers. Thread a toothpick with a tomato, mozzarella ball and basil leaf. Dip it in some sort of balsamic-olive oil mixture. Watch them disappear.
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The grape tomatoes were hollowed to make room for the small ball of cheese. A dab of pesto inside it would dance on your tongue.
So easy, you can just grace your table with it. No need to save this "for company."


Perfect for Mid-March when spring is teasing us - coming and going. And so simple: for each one you need:
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1 large bamboo skewer
1 grape tomato - hollowed
1 pearl-sized mozzarella ball
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I dipped them in olive oil and minced Italian parsley but you know as soon as spring truly comes, these flowers will be dipped in basil. I can hardly wait.

Fantastical roses. Spring-in-a-bite. Being susceptible has its upside.

32 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

WOW! I love the idea! They are a great party food!

Kim said...

I love them! I've never seen these done before and I love all the colors and how pretty they are, not to mention I know they are delicious. These are simple enough for family dinner, but would be wonderful at party too.

Bridgett said...

These are too cute and perfect for a ladies lunch or something fun like that. I can imagine these are delicious as well.

Vrinda said...

Oh My,very creative..looks so pretty.....gr8 job

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

What a great display!! And yummy too, I bet!!

Mary said...

This is a fantastically great idea! Now if only the tomatoes were green, I'd have my appetizer for St. Pat's Day. I really do like these.

Choices said...

Love this! I copied the recipe because I do want to make this! Next Saturday, we are having friends over for dinner, I got my appetizer! I know this will be a hit!

Ruth said...

They look so gorgeous!! Need to give this a go!

Ruth said...

So sweet! Love them!! going to have to give it a go!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

what a perfectly adorable idea. These would be a big hit with the family or at a party.

pegasuslegend said...

This is a gorgeous delicious unique and so creative idea! You never cease to amaze me! Clever my friend and adorable as the person who made them!

Juliana said...

Claudia, you are amazing...so creative, I'd definitely feature this when I have guests :-)

Cinnamon-Girl said...

These are adorable! I'm learning my ABC's of Italian! My book came today. Thanks again Claudia! XOXO

Wanda said...

These are lovely Claudia...I can't wait to fix them for myself and others! I know they will be good!

Anncoo said...

Looks lovely :)

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

This is too good and suitable to serve in any kind of party.

5 Star Foodie said...

So neat and so pretty! I love these caprese roses! Perfect refreshing and delightful bites!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

I love these! So cute! I'm making these tomorrow. Thank you, thank you for sharing!

Lynda said...

What a wonderful idea.. these are so cute and delicious looking! I'm bookmarking this clever idea...thanks for posting this!

My Little Space said...

Such cute little finger food! So refreshing!

3 hungry tummies said...

I'm harvesting some tomatoes from my friend's garden, this is a great idea to use some of the mini roma tomatoes!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow these are adorable would be cool at a wedding

MaryMoh said...

Wow...look so cute. Would be fun to make and serve at parties. Thanks for sharing.

sweetlife said...

great for a party or brunch!!

sweetlife

Barbara GF said...

These are precious, Claudia. All the right combination of flavors in one glorious bite. And how pretty they are - perfect harbingers of spring!

Velva said...

You just gave me a wonderful idea for an appetizer. Your tomato roses are beautiful. This is a really great idea.

Hang tight, Spring is just around the corner.

Tiny Urban Kitchen said...

That's adorable! I serve this dish at parties all the time, but never in this creative way!

gaga said...

Those are adorable! What a fantastic idea, I love it!

Katy ~ said...

This is sooooo clever! Love it!

Cookin' Canuck said...

What an adorable idea. Perfect for a cocktail party!

Jessica {The Novice Chef} said...

I LOVE this idea! Fabulous!

OysterCulture said...

What fun, these look amazing and I bet the kids would love them!