Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Deliciously Simple and Healthy Appetizer

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Do you still have a holiday party to attend this season? Do you have to bring something to share? This is a deliciously simple and healthy appetizer that will impress your fellow party goers.

I have already attended all of the parties this year that I needed to bring something to but I really wanted to share this here so I whipped these up the other day and then ate them for lunch! It was sort of fun and out of the ordinary.

It may be hard to find cherry tomatoes at this time of year but grape tomatoes are usually available all year long. Also, if your market has an olive/antipasti bar that is a great place to look for the small fresh mozzarella balls.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Balls
from Fine Cooking
makes 16

8 thin slices prosciutto, halved lengthwise (get this at the deli counter)
8 large basil leaves, halved lengthwise (or 16 small leaves)
8 small fresh mozzarella balls (about 1" in diameter), halved
8 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
extra-virgin olive oil

Lay 1 piece of prosciutto flat on a work surface and put a piece of basil on top at one end. Top the basil with a piece of mozzarella and tomato, matching the cut ends to form a ball. Season lightly with salt and generously with pepper and rolls the balls up in the prosciutto. Secure the end with a toothpick and place on a serving platter. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Drizzle with olive oil and serve. (These will keep at room temperature for up to 1 hour before serving.)

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Lauren said...

These look like perfect apps for entertaining. Such a pretty presentation!

Carrie said...

These look so pretty and nice for a party!

Pat said...

Yum, I think I will take these to Peg's on Christmas Eve. They will bring a bit of you to the gathering which will make them even better.

Mommy said...

Just wanted to let you know thanks so much for posting this delicious recipe! I made this for a holiday party & it was a hit!! I'm following you if you'd like to check me out here http://myadventures-in-mommyland.blogspot.com/