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July 18, 2011

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Easy Summer Appetizer: Caprese Bites

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Madigan made...  tomato, basil and mozzarella on a toothpick.

This is the first installment of Summer Lovin' with NO Oven Week here at Madigan Made.

This week I'm bringing you several recipes for the summer. What do all the ideas this week have in common?
You do not need to step foot near your stove!
They also are simple and easy (which is pretty typical of the food ideas I bring you).

This appetizer could not be easier or tastier!

I made these Caprese bites on a toothpick for a party we had Fourth of July weekend and they were a big hit.

I was inspired by two Caprese appetizer pictures that I found on Pinterest (at Terri's Table and My Recipes).

Our grocery store sold these adorable pearl mozzarella balls (no, they are not mini-marshmallows, as a few of my guests asked). I grabbed them along with some cherry tomatoes and a handful of fresh basil that I'm growing in a pot outside.

How did I make these bites? You really don't need a recipe...
I just threaded two mozzarella balls and a tomato on each toothpick. Prior to serving, I sprinkled the dish with thinly sliced basil, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and a little kosher salt.

So easy, pretty and delish!  (and NO oven!)

Stay tuned tomorrow for a simple, light and refreshing drink to serve this summer!

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