I have alot of disclaimers and if you do this, you have to do that, on this blog. I am almost embarrassed to post the photo of ingredients. I mean, as foodies, don't we kind of take it as a personal insult if we can't use what we deem to be the best ingredients?? It is almost like a failure for me to not have on hand exactly the perfect ingredients. I am the queen of "make it work" but dang if I don't want the perfect ingredients every single time!! This happened to me today and truth be told, if I had just gone to Whole Foods, I wouldn't have been in this predicament. You win some, you lose some. I could not find bocconcini anywhere today! I ended up having to buy a ball of some Wisconsin brand fresh mozzarella and just go with it. You can do this, if it is all you have available to you. I just had to buy this big ball and cut it into chunks.
You will need:
1 pint grape tomatoes
1-2 containers of small mozzarella balls (not pearls, they are to small)
1 small box of toothpicks
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp black pepper
10-12 pieces of prosciutto
First, you will make your seasoned olive oil. In a small bowl combine, olive oil, oregano, basil, and black pepper and combine, add mozzarella balls and let marinate while assembling appetizers.
Cut your prosciutto in half both ways, use 1 of the pieces for each one. Skewer with your toothpick a tomato and then wrap a ball in 1 cut piece of the prosciutto and skewer, making sure to catch both ends of the meat strip to it will stay on.
You may choose to add some salt to your olive oil if you do not use pretzels for skewers. If you use the pretzels you get all the salt you need in the appetizer. We loved these, and the use of dried herbs makes it easy for anyone and your herbs won't turn black after sitting awhile! Make sure to kind of shake off your cheese so you don't get puddle of olive oil!!
Wishing you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR....may your blessings overflow!
Your "appetizer happy" chefwannabe