Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tortellini Caprese Skewers



I made these for New Years Eve.  We went to a party at a neighbors and I decided I wanted to bring something that wasn't a dip , something a bit healthier than my usual offerings and something the kids might enjoy.  I decided to make these Tortellini Caprese Skewers.  Originally I was just going to skewer it all and serve with a pesto dipping sauce but I decided to do a quick search online and found a way to change up the pesto a bit at Meals. I really liked how these skewers came out, I'm glad I found the recipe because it suggested adding balsamic vinegar to the pesto and I never would have thought of that. The  vinegar added a nice tang to the flavor. These skewers were also a huge hit with Sweet Girl and I just saw a variation on the Food Network website as a suggestion for kids lunchboxes.  I think I might make a few more and do that for her, I think she would love it.  These were real easy to make especially with my two favorite helpers by my side skewering away.  Enjoy!!

recipe from Meals
What you need:
i package of frozen or refrigerated tortellini
1/2 cup premade or homemade pesto
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons water
fresh cut mozzarella (about 66 pieces) I bought the 2 packages of the small mozzarella balls for this
2 packs grape or cherry tomatoes
fresh basil (I actually forgot to grab this at the store)
wooden skewers

What you do:
Combine, pesto, vinegar and water in a small bowl and whisk together.
Prepare pasta according to package directions and then rinse under cold water.
Drizzle with half the pesto mixture, toss to combine, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold (about 30 minutes.)
Assemble by alternating ingredients on the skewer. Drizzle with a little more vinaigrette before serving or use the remainder as a dipping sauce.



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14 comments:

  1. Hmmm... Smart idea! I love this for a party, seems much better than sitting down to a huge bowl of pasta and shoveling it in. Good thinking!

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing on Friday Food at Momtrends. I am a huge tomato fan--this is a wonderful entertaining recipe. Have a great weekend.

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  3. Oh I love tortellini and caprese!!! This looks so good!!!

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  4. This is hands down one of the best party idea I've seen for a very long time. I am sooo trying this. Thanks for sharing it.

    Sue :-)

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  5. Do you know how much I love these? I had them at a party and I think I ate half the plate!

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  6. That looks so delicious. Cannot wait to try it. Come visit us today. We have the best crockpot chicken recipe on the menu!

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  7. This is going on my menu plan for next week! I can't wait until summer and I can use tomatoes and basil from the garden. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  8. Oh - I LOVE these! I've got everything I need to make them and make them I will! Great idea!

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  9. These look really good. I am going to pin these. I made a Caprese skewer for a pool party this summer. It was tomatoes, mozzarella, and black olives tossed in a basil and olive oil mixture then skewered. They were soooo good.

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  10. What a fun and delicious idea! Thank you for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. We would love to have you come back next Saturday and share more of your incredible ideas. -The Sisters

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  11. I can't wait to make these for my next dinner party! They look so impressive! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party..can't wait to see what you share next!

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  12. Love the idea of adding tortellini to the skewers!

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  13. Corporate Catering - Nice party, I really liked the way these skewers came out.




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