I absolutely love the combination of mozzarella cheese and tomatoes. In fact, one of my fast food go-to dishes is the Caprese Salad at Donatos. Yeah, they have really good pizza, but those salads are everything! And they're affordably priced too. If you haven't had one, I highly recommend it.

Now, in case you need a primer on Caprese, this will help!

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Owensboro, KY food expert Merritt Bates-Thomas is sharing her love of caprese too. And, in the What's Cookin'? segment on our radio show, she brought in her recipe for Caprese Skewers, which features a fun suggestion. Merritt actually soaks her mozzarella pearls in olive oil and spices before she assembles the skewers.  Here's how and what you need to make them!


1 8 oz. package mozzarella pearls
6 ounces extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
dash of salt and pepper
1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, finely ground
2 containers of cherry or grape tomatoes of choice
Pesto for garnish
Balsamic vinegar or reduction for garnish
Miniature wood or bamboo skewers
Mix your olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning together.  Break apart mozzarella pearls and, in a mixing bowl, coat pearls with olive oil mixture.  Refrigerate and marinate for at least a couple of hours or overnight. Merritt marinated hers overnight and they were absolutely coated in deliciousness.
Assemble skewers alternating mozzarella pearls and tomatoes or as desired.  I use 2 pearls on either end and place the tomato in the middle.
Garnish with pesto and balsamic vinegar or reduction.
Here's what the finished product looks like!
Merritt Bates-Thomas
Merritt Bates-Thomas

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