I have a whole lineup of recipes in my queue to put together and share. Some simple, like this Deconstructed Caprese Salad Hors d'oeuvre. Others that require a bit more care and a delicate touch. As I started sorting through photos this morning there was an underlying theme amongst them all--they were light, so very light and bright!
What I mean is, they were taken with a glorious summer sunshine that lasted into the wee hours of the evening. There was lots of light, and it came into my home from a higher angle. Now that fall is upon us, and the rain settled in this afternoon, I see these photos and I feel so much lightness.
The sun is peaking in at a lower angle and making the days look almost tired, like the sky is looking down on earth with sleepy eyes. Most of me wants to snuggle in with a warm cup of tea and place a log in the fireplace, enjoy the quietness and dormancy of the fall. A tiny small part of me will indulge in the activity of summer with a few glances at these bright recipes.
The practical side of me wants to share these little treats because as the holiday season approaches, there are so many opportunities to visit with others and enjoy their company. It is something of a necessity to put together a dish to share for these festivities, and these little hors d'oeuvre are simple and easy.
Most difficult part of this dish was selecting the little decorative bamboo picks with fun little red balls. They are hardier then some, and with a small discard dish to the side, they are easy to wash and reuse.
Deconstructed Caprese Salad Hor d'oeuvre
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Small fresh mozzarella balls
- Fresh Basil leaves
- Olive Oil
- Sea salt to taste
- Ground pepper to taste
Cut the cherry tomatoes in half so they lay flat on the serving plate. On a bamboo pick, slide on small mozzarella balls, bay leaf, and finally the cut cherry tomato. Stand upright and before serving drizzle olive oil over top. Sprinkle with salt and ground pepper.