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If you’re hosting or headed to a party, a great no-cook option for an appetizer or starter is caprese skewers with prosciutto.

Caprese (Cah-PRAY-zee) skewers (sk-YOO-werz) are inspired by the caprese salad– an italian salad popularized in the Mediterranean city of Capri. It is historically buffalo mozerella, fresh basil leaves and tomatoes topped with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Turning it into a skewer makes it a salad in one bite. I decided to add to prosciutto for a little more flavor, protein and heartiness.

Below is my video with tips and tricks for making the assembly go quickly. I took the platter shown at the end of the video to the birthday party of my good friend Chef Nadia and her twin sister Elon. The skewers disappeared REALLY quickly. I know your friends will enjoy them too.

ingredients:
mozzarella (balls in olive oil)
fresh whole basil leaves
cherry tomatoes
prosciutto di parma
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
black pepper

Click for tips:

Items to add or substitute:

  • hearts of palm
  • artichoke hearts
  • pitted olives
  • salami
  • turkey meatball

I went to a party supply store to find the long-ish bamboo skewers. Toothpicks tend to be too short and grilling skewers are way too long. So the ones I chose are a few inches long and perfect.

Some people complain that prosciutto (or salami)  is too salty. Be sure to pick a meat that does’t overpower the other flavors.

Do not break the bank with any of the ingredients. Use the best ingredients that YOU can afford.

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