These Caprese Skewers with Prosciutto and made with tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and prosciutto and topped with balsamic glaze.
I really wanted to make these Caprese Skewers with Prosciutto because I was really craving them during the summer. This appetizer is perfect for any weeknight recipe, date night, or having friends over. It is so easy to make, aesthetically pleasing, and so delicious. Not only is it tasty, but also super healthy. In the past, I have made something similar to this like Caprese Crostini with bread, but this is a low carb version.
Feel free to modify this antipasto recipe any way you would like. Some people like it heftier on the basil, other like more cheese. Please feel free to make it anyway you would like. The taste of the cherry tomato and the mozzarella burting into your mouth will bring you back to Italy. Not to mention that topping with a balsamic glaze is absolutely perfect. Feel free to use store bought balsamic reduction or glaze, although you can totally make your own.
If you love this recipe, feel free to try my Watermelon Feta Basil Balsamic Salad.
What are Caprese Skewers?
Caprese skewers are a simple and delicious appetizer made from alternating pieces of fresh mozzarella cheese, ripe tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves on skewers. The name "Caprese" comes from the Capri region of Italy, where the dish is believed to have originated.
To make Caprese skewers, simply cube the mozzarella cheese and slice the tomatoes into bite-sized pieces. Then, thread the cheese, tomato, and basil leaves onto small skewers or toothpicks, alternating the ingredients. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and sprinkle with salt and pepper, if desired.
Caprese skewers are a popular appetizer for parties and gatherings because they are easy to make, visually appealing, and can be prepared in advance. They also make a great light snack or side dish for a summer barbecue or picnic.
Why you will love this recipe
- Flavor: The combination of sweet, juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and salty prosciutto creates a flavor explosion in your mouth.
- Texture: The soft and creamy mozzarella cheese pairs perfectly with the crisp texture of the fresh basil leaves and the tender prosciutto.
- Presentation: Caprese skewers with prosciutto are a visually appealing dish that is easy to serve and eat. The colorful ingredients are stacked on a skewer, making them easy to pick up and enjoy.
- Versatility: Caprese skewers with prosciutto can be served as an appetizer or a light meal, and they are perfect for any occasion, from casual get-togethers to formal events.
Caprese Skewers with Prosciutto Ingredients
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Balsamic glaze
See recipe card for quantities.
How to make Caprese Skewers with Prosciutto
Take a skewer and with scissors, cut so the pointy end has about 4 inches left on it. Fold the prosciutto into a small square, and thread the prosciutto into the skewer.
Next do the basil, then the mozzarella and finally the cherry tomato.
Add some salt and pepper on them.
Drizzle balsamic glaze on them.
Mozzarella cheese: You will need to use a fresh mozzarella, specifically mozzarella di bufala. You can get the mini mozzarella balls. If they don’t have it, feel free to cut it into a smaller piece.
Basil: Believe it or not, there are a ton of different types of basil, but the one we used for this recipe is the more popular, common basil called sweet basil. This basil is used in most Italian dishes, especially in pesto.
Tomatoes: I used a cherry tomato for this recipe, although you can use Roma tomatoes or Campari tomatoes and cut them up into small pieces.
Balsamic glaze: I used store bought balsamic glaze but you could make your own by boiling balsamic vinegar and brown sugar for 8 minutes.
Caprese Skewers Recipe Variations
- Caprese Skewers with Pesto: Drizzle pesto over the skewers instead of balsamic glaze for a burst of flavor.
- Caprese Skewers with Fruit: Add some sweetness to your Caprese skewers by alternating fresh fruit, such as strawberries or peaches, with the cheese, tomato, and basil.
- Caprese Skewers with Olives: Thread pitted Kalamata olives onto the skewers for a briny addition to the classic Caprese.
- Caprese Skewers with Avocado: Add some creaminess to your Caprese skewers by alternating slices of ripe avocado with the cheese, tomato, and basil.
Check out this Chicken Caprese Sandwich.
- Skewers or toothpicks: You will need some type of skewer or toothpick to thread the cheese, tomato, and basil leaves onto. Bamboo skewers or cocktail toothpicks are commonly used for Caprese skewers.
- Cutting board and knife: You will need a cutting board and a sharp knife to slice the tomatoes and cheese into bite-sized pieces.
- Balsamic glaze or reduction: Balsamic glaze or reduction is a common topping for Caprese skewers. You can either purchase pre-made balsamic glaze or make your own by reducing balsamic vinegar in a saucepan. I love using my Caraway pots, pans and baking sheets for best quality. Get yourself a discount by clicking here!
Caprese skewers are best served fresh, but they can be stored in the refrigerator for a short period of time. To store Caprese skewers, follow these steps:
- Wrap the skewers in plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container.
- Store the skewers in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
- Before serving, let the skewers come to room temperature for about 15 minutes.
Caprese Skewers Recipe Top tips
- Choose quality ingredients: Use fresh, high-quality ingredients for the best flavor. Choose ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and good quality fresh mozzarella cheese and prosciutto.
- Use thin slices of prosciutto: Cut the prosciutto into thin strips, so it is easy to wrap around the cheese and tomato. Use a sharp knife or kitchen shears to cut the prosciutto.
- Wrap the prosciutto tightly: When wrapping the prosciutto around the cheese and tomato, make sure it is wrapped tightly to hold everything together. The prosciutto will also add a salty flavor to the Caprese skewers.
- Alternate the ingredients: Thread the cheese, tomato, and basil leaves onto the skewers, and then wrap the prosciutto around the skewer. Alternate the ingredients, so each skewer has a variety of flavors.
- Drizzle with balsamic glaze: Balsamic glaze is a common topping for Caprese skewers. Drizzle a small amount of balsamic glaze over the skewers before serving for a sweet and tangy flavor.
- Serve chilled: Keep the Caprese skewers in the refrigerator until ready to serve, and serve them chilled.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds