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Caprese Picks

1-pound pound tub bocconcini (bite-size fresh mozzarella balls)

1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes

24 leaves fresh basil

2 cloves garlic, smashed

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

salt and freshly ground pepper

Toothpicks

In a salad dressing server or small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and garlic. Whisk in olive oil and then salt and pepper. Set aside.

Put one end of a basil leaf through a toothpick, follow with a grape tomato and then a bocconcini ball. Place the other end of the basil leaf through the toothpick so that the entire leaf cradles the cheese and tomato in a nice little package.

Repeat with remaining ingredients. Drizzle the dressing over each Caprese pick, or, if using a bowl to hold the dressing, dip each pick in the bowl. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Updated: July 6, 2013 6:06AM



The Pinterest age of gawking at recipes and do-it-yourself crafts has pioneered a whole new approach to party-planning—or at least a throwback to homespun party-planning. The pinboard-style social network can, in part, be credited with revitalizing the art of throwing a social gathering.

Gourmet recipes made easy and beautiful decorations deemed doable take away the need for caterers and also offer an opportunity to showboat one’s crafty skills.

With graduation season at its peak, Pinterest is awash with ideas for parties.

Full spreads for sit-down dinners, buffets for backyard barbecues and kitschy ideas for décor make the planning process so much simpler.

Often, the recipes are linked right on page; other times, it is merely a picture.

If that’s the case, you have to use your own ingenuity to recreate the recipe.

One thematic recipe style that continues to pop up on boards throughout graduation season is the gourmet finger food.

Bite-sized foods that could be used as appetizers or in a buffet line at a graduation party are heavy with cuteness and color.

This recipe for Caprese picks combines the simplicity, elegance and flavor of a classic Caprese salad with the portability of finger food.

Like mini shish-kebabs, a toothpick holds a single mouthful of fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil lightly soused in a balsamic glaze.

However, instead of the traditional kebab stack, the tricolor Italian trinity is divided into two segments.

A bocconcini (small mozzarella-sized pearl) and grape tomato sit snuggled together on a toothpick and are swaddled prettily by the basil leaf, cradling the duo in a bright green blanket.

Bright and fresh for the season, Caprese picks are also fairly universal.

Their simplicity makes them shine at casual gatherings, but their elegance allows them to gracefully appear on menus of more formal outdoor parties.

Pinterest users often peruse the website looking for two common themes: ease and speed.

This delicious party food checks both of those off the list.

Perhaps the Caprese picks may not be on your board for graduation party ideas yet, but this is one pin you can upload today.



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