It was my Niki’s 12th birthday, we were having a party at home. I was wondering what to make as a starter for the pre teenagers as it is hard to please them. I had pesto in the refrigerator and some bread. Caprese is such a favorite for all of us as we dine frequently in Italian restaurants. As we are vegetarians Caprese is always a regular order for us.
Niki loves Italian food. So it had to be an Italian menu for her big day.
I have used Bocconcini (pronounced bo-kon-chini) which is a Italian cheese made from cow’s milk.
10 slices of white bread
10 Bocconcini cheese balls halved
6-8 tbsp basil pesto
10 grape or cherry tomatoes halved
Salt and pepper to taste
Basil leaves for garnish, optional
Toothpicks as needed
Get good quality thick sandwich bread and cut the crusts. Cut each slice into half.
Spread pesto liberally on the halved bread.
Take a toothpick skewer halved cheese and tomato. Stick the toothpick into the bread arrange on a platter and serve with basil on top.
Notes: this can be made a day ahead of the party and stored in the refrigerator. Cover with a damp towel so the bread keeps moist.
The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.
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