No New Year’s Eve celebration is complete without a tray of appetizers. These caprese and prosciutto mini skewers are small, delicious and perfect for snacking while you’re watching the ball drop or pouring another glass of champagne.
They’re easy to assemble and don’t require much prep time. The mild bocconcini brings out the savory flavors of the prosciutto and the salty tang of the olives. Grab some skewers and get ready to ring in the new year in style.
This appetizer is essentially a miniature version of a caprese salad. If you’ve never had a caprese salad before, it’s a cool, refreshing dish made from sliced tomatoes, fresh basil and hunks of mozzarella cheese. This dish was famously born in Italy and even bears the colors of the Italian flag.
It might sound simple, but it’s packed with flavor. We’ve shrunk down the portions and added our own twist on the recipe to make this a delicious New Year’s Eve snack that wouldn’t be out of place in an Italian restaurant.
What is bocconcini, anyway? They’re bite-size balls of mozzarella cheese that were once made from water buffalo milk, although modern versions are often made from cow’s milk. Their mild, creamy flavor makes them a popular choice for salads and appetizers.
When you’re assembling these appetizers, you might find it hard to resist popping a bocconcini or two in your mouth. Just make sure you refrigerate these appetizers if they’re not going to be eaten right away, as bocconcini tends to go bad quickly. These caprese bites taste best on the day of preparation.
If you feel like getting creative, you can experiment with different types of olives or substitute the prosciutto with another Italian deli meat. Pair this appetizer with a white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc.
Did you and your guests enjoy this New Year’s Eve appetizer? Let us know in the comments.
New Years Eve Appetizer: Caprese and Prosciutto Mini Skewers
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 8 slices prosciutto - cut in half lengthwise
- 16 mini bocconcinis - drained
- 16 cherry tomatoes
- 16 basil leaves
- 16 black olives - without pits
- Mix balsamic vinegar and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Then reduce the temperature to medium. Simmer until it reduces to almost half, about 5 to 6 minutes. Reserve. Keep in mind it will thicken a little as it cools.
- Assemble the skewers with the prosciutto, bocconcinis, cherry tomatoes, basil leaves and black olives.
- Serve with the balsamic drizzle.
Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.
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