Mozzarella, tomato and Basil bites

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These cute little mouthfuls are perfect for adding to your Cheese board, or as an appetiser before dinner – those lovely Italian colours of red, white and green look so well together. Have a look and see! I added these to my  Cheese Board for a function that I was catering recently.  http://eatingforireland.com/recipe/how-to-set-up-a-cheese-board/

EQUIPMENT:

  • A sharp knife
  • Some decorative cocktail sticks (I got mine in Sainsbury’s)
  • Some kitchen paper

INGREDIENTS:

  • One packet of Mozzarella pearls (see NOTES)
  • Baby plum tomatoes – cut in two if large
  • Fresh Basil leaves

METHOD:                                                                                                           Cheeseboard (6)

  • Drain and dry the Mozzarella before using them.
  • Thread half a baby tomato, cut side down, onto the cocktail stick.
  • Add the mozzarella
  • Finish with the Basil leaf
  • As you finish making each one, put it on a piece of absorbent kitchen paper.
  • Keep separately from a cheese platter until ready to serve – I kept mine in a covered plastic box, lined with kitchen paper and covered with a  damp sheet of the same.

NOTES:

  • If you check out the photographs, you’ll see that I cut the baby mozzarellas in two as well. If you can’t get those little Mozzarella pearls, just use a whole Mozzarella and cut it into pieces. Dry it well before using.
  • The little tomatoes will lose some juice, so I keep these little bites separately until ready to serve them.
  • They’re so pretty that people are fascinated by them!

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About

I started writing down recipes in an old copybook when I was about 16. With 6 children at home, my Mother was always glad of a hand in the kitchen, and really allowed us to experiment - as long as we washed up afterwards, and left the kitchen immaculate! Having a tidy kitchen has followed me through my life, as has the habit of writing down my favourite recipes; except that these days I write them for my website, and add photographs when I can. The website really started when it occurred to me that my daughter might like to have these recipes when I've forgotten them. In my early days of cooking for family and friends, I used to phone my Mum all the time to ask her for the recipe for some of our favourite family dinners. She rarely had a recipe to hand - I think, like me, she made a lot of it up as she went along.. So welcome to Eating for Ireland - these are the recipes that my friends and family having been eating these past 40 years.. yes, I truly am ancient! They are tried and tested, and have worked for me for all that time - I have updated them as new ingredients became available - I really hope you'll find something that you can make into a family favourite of your own. You don't have to tell anyone where you found these great new dishes that you're serving up - it can be our little secret, but I'd really love it if you could give me a sneaky 'follow' on Facebook and Instagram.. So off you go - have a good rummage around, you're bound to find something new! My sincere thanks to all of you who have found a recipe that you liked and dropped me a line to tell me - I really do love to hear from you! Happy Cooking! Becks xx

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