Quick Appetizer: Tomato Basil Caprese

Has anybody ever had the Tomato Caprese with Fresh Burrata from Carrabba’s? I am so obsessed with it. My teacher friends and I would hit up Carrabba’s for their stellar happy hour, which always included half off of the apps. I love the fresh burrata cheese that they use for their tomato caprese. It is insanely soft and just delicious. This inspired me to create an at-home version, because I just can’t be hoppin’ over to Carrabba’s everytime I get a hankerin’. Nobody has the time or money for that! So yall know I had to just DIY this bad boy at home!

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This Tomato Basil Caprese makes a beautiful appetizer that is fast, tasty, and makes you look like you’re on your appetizer game (even if you aren’t)! Every time I make it, somebody comments on the presentation of it, and it is always the very first appetizer to be destroyed. It is a win-win on a dime + fast.

Another great part (if you weren’t already convinced): these items you can buy and just have on stock (with the exception of the tomatoes). I love quick appetizers that I don’t have to make an extra trip to the grocery store for. Another way this makes you look like a pro!

Ingredients

  • Mozzarella ball or log, sliced
    • After trying both for a while, I have to say that I prefer the log. They look prettier on the plate and are easy to just pull apart. The only other thing I would use would be those mini mozzarella balls, because they are small and already ready to serve individually.
  • Balsamic glaze
    • I use one from Aldi, but here is a dupe linked
  • Grape Tomatoes, sliced (10-15 depending on your party)
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Fresh Basil, chopped
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • *Optional: red onion, diced + extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  • Slice your mozzarella and place it on a pretty plate or serving platter
  • Slice your grape tomatoes in half (I think lengthwise looks more professional) and drop around your mozzarella
  • Dice some onions and sprinkle them around as well
  • Drizzle a balsamic glaze (and olive oil if you choose) across the plate and cheese in one zigzag motion (see photo)
    • If you get a glaze that is in a squeeze bottle, that will make this step so much easier and make it look so much prettier.
  • Sprinkle your herbs, salt, and pepper to taste

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Now, go look like a rockstar hostess with minimal effort!

Happy App-ing!

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