Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle


Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle are perfect bites of freshness. Enjoy this healthy appetizer recipe year round!

After chewing Mini Corn Dog Muffins, chowing Mini Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies, and chomping Buffalo Chicken Poppers on Super Bowl Sunday, you might feel as though you can’t take another bite.

Been there, done that.

But trust me, take the 3rd quarter to dig deep and somehow, someway, find an empty pocket in your tummy to fill with one of the most ridiculously delicious bites to ever pass your lips, before the sun sets on yet another Super Bowl – Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle. YES!

Mini mozzarella cheese balls skewered with tender basil leaves and juicy tomatoes, drizzled with tangy-sweet balsamic reduction will knock. Your. Socks. Off.

Each layered is loaded with bold-yet-fresh flavors that combine in a bite that is nearly indescribable. It is SO good!

Bonus: it only takes 10 minutes or so to make a whole mess of ’em! Start by laying out a plate to hold the Caprese Skewers, tooth picks to do the skewerin’, and the ingredients.

That’d be grape or cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and fresh mini mozzarella balls. You can find mini mozza balls in most grocery stores these days. If not, just cut a regular-sized ball of fresh mozz into bite-sized pieces.


Assembly is as easy as 1…2…3!



While you’re assembling the skewers, pour 1 cup balsamic vinegar into a saucepan and let it simmer for 10 minutes, or until it’s the consistency of thin maple syrup. When it’s cool and thickened slightly, drizzle and drip the sweet syrup on top. Mercy. Me.

Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle


Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle are perfect bites of freshness. Enjoy this healthy appetizer recipe year round!


  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • cherry or grape tomatoes
  • mini mozzarella cheese balls (could use regular sized ball cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • fresh basil leaves, cut in half if large
  • salt & pepper
  • toothpicks


  1. Bring balsamic vinegar up to a boil in a saucepan, then lower heat to medium and simmer until it's the consistency of very thin maple syrup, about 10 minutes. Pour into a bowl and let cool.
  2. Cut tomatoes in half. Thread a mini mozzarella cheese ball, basil leaf (fold in half if large) and a tomato half onto a tooth pick. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Sprinkle with salt & pepper, then drizzle cooled balsamic reduction on top.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

Let’s see… Mini? Check. Fresh? Yup. Flavorful? Uh-huh. Perfect in every single way? You bet!

Actually, hand dipping the bite-sized skewers in the leftover balsamic reduction so they were covered from top-to-tomato in the sweet stuff was absolute perfection. Make a TON of these because they won’t last long!

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  1. I’ve made these before and LOVE them! Good luck tomorrow!

  2. These look great! A perfect snack for company!

    Good luck tomorrow!

  3. JennP 02.02.2012

    These may or may not have been served at my baby shower last year. I may or may not have eaten 20 of them ;)

  4. These are so cute and seem so easy! My mom made something similar last month, but it was more greek themed and had feta cheese and olives, along with tomato. Unfortunately I don’t like feta, but I do like mozzarella so these look delicious!

  5. Trisha 02.02.2012

    mmm…love me some caprese skewers! You don’t need luck tomorrow, you always do fabulously! :)

  6. C. 02.02.2012

    YUM!! I have seen something like this on Pinterest, totally going to try it. I love the addition of balsamic glaze!

  7. Cristal 02.02.2012

    Is anyone else having trouble opening up this blog? It is taking me forever everytime!

  8. Lauren 02.02.2012

    Girl you are rocking my Pinterest this week! :)

  9. These are *perfect* for after stuffing yourself silly with slightly unhealthy food – when you get to that point when all you are craving is fresh veg. :)

  10. L 02.02.2012

    I’ve become obsessed with your blog in the past couple of weeks, keep up the awesomeness! I live in Beijing, China and reading your recipes from home is amazing food for my soul — even if I can’t find the ingredients here… I gobble it all up with my eyes!

  11. Those look amazing! I’ve been thinking about caprese with balsamic glaze lately–don’t ask me why, just random food. I have to try sometime soon. Yum!

  12. Karla 02.02.2012

    These look amazing, Kristin! What an awesome party dish. Best of luck on the news tomorrow—you’re going to rock it! :)

  13. Love this idea! Congrats on being featured on FoodGawker’s FB stream:) Also, good luck tomorrow- you’re going to knock em dead!

  14. Allison 02.02.2012

    My mother-in-law makes these only she uses either mozzarella or pepper jack cheese sticks cut into chunks and then drizzles them with Italian dressing! Super yummy!!

  15. I just added this exact thing to my appetizer list for my upcoming wedding. Caprese=perfection.

  16. Kelly 02.03.2012

    I made these recently and they’re my absolute favorite!! Love your photos! xoxo

  17. ashley rebekah 02.03.2012

    i did a variation of these for my wedding appetizers, people went NUTSO for them. thanks for sharing such lovely photos and instructional tips!

  18. Amy Dowell 02.03.2012

    That looks delicious!

  19. I’ve made these before an they’re wonderful!! I love them any time of year.

  20. gabby bladdick 02.03.2012

    Love it! I saw this and put it on Pinterest awhile ago and have been meaning to recreate it – glad you did!

  21. Jessie 02.03.2012

    These look delicous!! I CANNOT decide which treat to bring to our super bowl party!! I may have to make several.. or ALL of them!

  22. tarheelntx 02.04.2012

    I made these for dinner tonight after seeing them on foodgawker. So satisfying and delicious (with a glass of wine, of course). Sometimes I forget that simple is best!

  23. FELICIA 02.05.2012

    this looks absolutely amazing…i am going to have to use this recipe…thanks for posting this recipe

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    Does anyone know if these can be made the night before? Will they still taste fresh the next morning? Thanks!

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    These sound like a perfect appetizer for an Italian dinner. If I make them 1-2 days before, does the balsamic reduction need to be refrigerated overnight? I’d make these Thursday evening for Friday/Saturday nights.

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      I’d go ahead and refrigerate, then let it come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before drizzling on the weekend!

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