When will this excessive heat end? I know I shouldn’t keep complaining about it because come January I’ll be wishing for it ~ the stifling feeling long forgotten ~ but for now, maybe just a few degrees cooler, please? I’m taking a break today from all things cooked and bringing you these Caprese Skewers. Not only do they take in the freshness of summer produce, but it doesn’t take you anywhere near that fire-breathing box in your kitchen.
My brother-in-law and sister-in-law are coming to visit next week from Florida, where it’s also in the 90’s. They’re originally from Michigan but have lived in Florida about 10 years or so now and have completely adjusted to the climate there. Last summer when they came up we were in the midst of a cool spell ~ mid 70’s. My sister-in-law was looking for long johns. I think she’ll be just fine this year.
We’re having the whole family over while they’re up ~ about 24 or so people. Lives are busy and it’s harder to get everyone together these days so I’m determined to keep the menu simple, leaving more time to enjoy everyone. Caprese Skewers are delicious, easy to assemble and can be made the day before.
Do you know an easy way to get that stubborn pit out of a peach? Cut the peach all the way around the middle down to the pit, then twist each half in opposite directions. Pull the halves apart and pop the pit out with your fingers.
Are you like me buying kitchen gadgets you were sure you couldn’t live without but often go unused? I bought a mini melon baller quite a while ago while wandering through SurLaTable. I’m not sure why. I didn’t have any specific purpose for it and it’s been sitting in a drawer ever since. . .until today.
Those cute little cantaloupe balls were created with my handy-dandy, knew I needed it all along mini melon baller. Here are the ingredients for the caprese skewer production line:
- grape tomatoes
- peach slices
- mini mozzarella balls
- cantaloupe balls
- basil leaves
- balsamic glaze
I have a discovery to share. I no longer reduce my own balsamic vinegar. It’s time consuming and leaves a dirty pot to wash after. I ♥ balsamic glaze from the store (insert gasp!) If you’ve tried it, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
Once your ingredients are all prepped and lined up like soldiers on the battlefield, it’s really quick to assemble these Caprese Skewers! I just love caprese salad. Last summer I was on a roll eating it almost daily with our garden tomatoes and never got burned out. I created this Grilled Peach Caprese ~ just when I thought caprese couldn’t get any better. Now I can’t wait for harvest time!
Do you plant a garden? What’s your favorite fruit or vegetable to harvest?
- 10 - skewers
- 10 - grape tomatoes
- 10 - peach slices (2 peaches)
- 10 - mini mozzarella balls
- 10 - cantaloupe balls (1 cantaloupe)
- 30 - basil leaves
- Approximately 3 ounces of prosciutto
- 3-4 tablespoons of balsamic glaze, or more to your taste
- Assemble as shown in photos.