It's summertiiiiiime and the livin' is easy....ok, maybe it's not quite easy but it's definitely hot and I'm feeling lazy. So if you'd rather relax by the pool or catch up on some Gabriel Macht in "Suits," than slog away in a hot kitchen, I have the perfect hors d'œuvre recipe for you. I'm sure you've seen a hundred variations of this on Pinterest and it's easy to see why- it's healthy, requires practically no effort and is on a stick...and who doesn't love nibbles on a stick? Also if you halve the tomato and use it as a base like I do, it makes it look like a cute little retro piece of art.

Summertime Caprese Skewers


1 (12 oz.) container Trader Joe's Marinated Mozzarella Balls
1 package fresh grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1 bunch fresh basil leaves
olive oil or good quality balsamic vinegar (optional)
1 package round toothpicks


1. Thread 1 mozzarella ball, 1 folded basil leaf and 1 tomato half onto the toothpick (with the tomato's sliced side facing the bottom).

2. Place on dish upright, using the tomato as a base.

3. Drizzle lightly with olive oil or balsamic vinegar if you wish.
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