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Prosciutto, tomato, mozzarella and basil skewers recipe

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This is a super-easy appetiser that is sure to wow your guests. It's perfect for dinner parties or summer barbecues. Cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, prosciutto and basil leaves are skewered, then served with an Italian salad dressing.

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IngredientsServes: 6

  • 24 long wooden skewers
  • 48 cherry or plum tomatoes, rinsed and dried
  • 6 thin slices prosciutto, each cut into quarters
  • 24 mini marinated mozzarella balls
  • 24 fresh basil leaves
  • 4 tablespoons Italian salad dressing

MethodPrep:20min ›Ready in:20min

  1. Thread each skewer with: one tomato, 1/4 of a slice of prosciutto folded into a small square, one mozzarella ball, one basil leaf (folded if it is large) and one more tomato.
  2. Arrange skewers on a serving platter. Drizzle with your favourite Italian salad dressing.


If mini marinated mozzarella balls are not available, use plain mini mozzarella. Marinate in olive oil, chopped garlic, chopped basil, plain or flavoured vinegar and dried Italian herbs for 2 hours.

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Reviews in English (29)

by GodivaGirl

Loved these! I used fresh basil and grape tomatoes from my garden. Could not find the small mozzarella balls at the store so I got a large marinated ones and cut into squares. The only time consuming thing is folding the sliced procuitto (mine was very thin). I used EVOO/balsamic in place of the italian dressing.-18 Jul 2008

by Alicebot 9000

these were yummy! drizzled with olive oil and vinegar dressing, used plain mozzarella balls (lazy of me, i know) and it was delicious. will definitely make again -- great midnight snack. thanks for the recipe!-07 Sep 2007

by CASP2099

Made these for a wine dinner with friends and they were a great hit. Loved them. I also used the non marianated mozz balls instead, b/c the store didn't have the marinated ones and I didn't have time to marinate them. Definitely going to be added to my appetizer repertoire.-11 Aug 2008

Prosciutto & Mozzarella Skewers

Prosciutto and Mozzarella Skewers (or Prosciutto and Bocconcini Skewers as they are called in Australia) are one of my favourite appetizers. The combination of prosciutto, mozzarella, tomato and fresh basil is hard to beat. They are the perfect appetizer for Christmas or any celebration.

I love making these skewers whenever I have guests over or get asked to bring a plate to a party. They are always a hit as they taste amazing and they look really good. They are great around Christmas time as the ingredients are the perfect Christmas colours

I don't normally share to many recipes with dairy in them, however these are an exception as they are so good.

Recipe Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze

  • Calories: 10
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Total Fat: 0.5 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 0.5 g
    • Saturated Fat: 0 g
    • Natural Sugar: 1 g
    • Added Sugar: 0 g

    This is a classic dish (the tasty pairing of tomato and mozzarella) with an adorable presentation—perfect for a snack or party pass-around. If you don’t want to make your own honey balsamic drizzle, y ou can either buy balsamic glaze at the market or make your own standard glaze by simply simmering balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan until it reduces and becomes rich, thick and glossy. Alternatively, you can use any favorite vinaigrette dressing . The choice is yours to make!

    For the honey balsamic drizzle:

    For the tomato-mozzarella skewers:

    • • 1 cup basil leaves, torn into bite-sized pieces
    • • 1 container fresh mozzarella pearls
    • • 1 cup multi-colored grape tomatoes, halved
    • • 40 large toothpicks or thin skewers

    To make the glaze, combine the balsamic and honey in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the balsamic is thick, syrupy, and has reduced by half. Set aside until ready to use.

    To assemble the skewers, thread a tomato half through the toothpick, followed by a piece of basil, a mozzarella pearl and tomato half. Make as many skewers as you like or until all of the ingredients are used up. Transfer the skewers to a serving platter and drizzle over the balsamic glaze, or serve on the side as a dip.

      1. Whisk olive oil, vinegar, and garlic in small bowl to blend season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. Layer prosciutto, mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil over bottom of bread. Drizzle lightly with dressing, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Press top of bread over. Cut bread equally into 4 sandwiches.
      2. Prepare barbecue (medium heat). Grill sandwiches until bread is golden brown and cheese melts, pressing occasionally to compact with large spatula, about 5 minutes per side.

      This was very good exactly as written. I'm from MN, so instead of using fresh tomatoes I served it with tomato soup on a cold and snow night. It was a smashing success.

      This is so delicious and easy! Use ciabatta bread and just a touch more garlic with good quality prosciutto and fresh tomatoes. And you need a good panini press (ours is a Cuisinart) to give it those wonderfully authentic grill marks.

      We used the extra dressing for dipping. It was fantastic. I used loaves of Cuban bread I purchased at the regular grocery store here in North Florida and I only added salt to the dressing, not the sandwich. I made no other changes and it was absolutely delicious.

      I made individual sandwiches to accommodate a gluten intolerance, using ciabatta rolls and small, gluten-free baguettes. I split the rolls, brushed both sides liberally with the dressing (GF bread first), then broiled the two types of bread(on separate pans) until crusty. I skipped the grilling step, and these were still amazing!

      Very good. easy to make and tasted so fresh. Used grill pan.

      This is a great sandwich and has become a family tradition! I would not change anything. great use for our George Foreman grill.

      This is a fantastic sandwich. Made as directed, except instead of pouring the dressing over the top, I brushed it on both insides of the bread, go heavy on the dressing too, it is tasty!

      Made this per the recipe but did not use all of the dressing as it would've been too oily. It was a good sandwich but definitely not 4 forks.

      Followed to the letter. Our family did not enjoy this.

      This has become a family and friend favorite. We have used chicken instead of prosciutto for those who are on a low sodium diet. I grate fresh Parmesan cheese into the sauce. We will make these for years to come.

      This is the best recipe! I not only use prosciutto but also calabrese and homemade copa. I use more balsamic vinegar for more flavor.

      This was a fantastic sandwich! My lunch guests loved it. I plan on making it many more times. Mmmmmm

      Really delicious sandwich, and incredibly easy to make. One thing I discovered is that the ciabatta bread didn't quite have enough thickness to hold up to the dressing. A slightly denser bread (focaccia maybe) might work better. Otherwise, fantastic!

      Made this sandwich yesterday to take along on a boat ride with friends and it was awesome!! I grilled it before leaving the house, wrapped it in foil and brought it in the cooler. We sliced it and ate it after an hour on the boat and it was great - the dressing really added a nice flavor and the sandwich held up really well for the trip - which sometimes isn't easy on a boat trip. Will definately make this again - for a picnic, or even just an afternoon at home.

      Mmmm. Fantastic! Delicious! A keeper for sure! Even with winter tomatoes and basil, this recipe still manages to make the flavours shine! I don't think I should have added salt though. The prosciutto probably has enough in it - it was kinda salty. But mmm!

      Made this last evening for dinner and it was outstanding. Followed the recipe exactly. The fresh tomatoes and basil from my garden gave off the perfect blends to the taste buds. Almost as good as the panini we ate in Rome, Italy. Definitely a keeper. Added the fresh asparagus salad (found on this site) as a side.

      Makes a very simple, fast lunch. Used purple basil from my garden, quality tom's from the grocery store and Speck from Trader Joe's. Unfortunately we don't have good bread here in Florida so I used a french loaf from the grocery as well. Followed the recipe for the dressing but used the grocery store balsamic recommended by Americas Test Kitchen - Quality makes a difference. Put the sandwich on the grill of 3-4 minutes each side using my LeCreuset skillet as a weight. Worked perfectly. Surprised my SO who was working hard in the yard. I'll make these often and won't hesitate to make them for company.

      Absolutely delicious. I only used a fraction of the prosciutto called for--maybe 2-3 ounces of the REALLY GOOD imported kind that's $24/lb. We're going to do this at least once a week while our summer tomatoes are coming in!

      Delicious! Would recommend cutting the dressing in half as had quite a bit left over. Grilled on my panini grill and was loved by my book club!


      • Arrange 8 slices of prosciutto flat on a cutting board and put a piece of basil on one end of each slice. Top each piece of basil with a piece of mozzarella and a tomato half, matching the cut sides to make a ball. Season very lightly with salt and generously with pepper and then roll up the balls in the prosciutto. Secure each with a toothpick and set on a platter. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Drizzle with the olive oil and serve.

      Make Ahead Tips

      These keep at room temperature for up to 1 hour before serving.

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      What I love about skewers is the ability to pick and choose how much or how little of each ingredient to put on each skewer. I may or may not have put extra mozzarella balls and extra prosciutto on my skewers, oh and drowned them in balsamic glaze. But hey, that’s the beauty of this! It’s fun to have some helpers in the kitchen that can assemble a little variety. I don’t like all of my skewers to look super identical with the same order, etcetera and that’s what I feel keeps them looking interesting.

      I will say that I would have put cherry tomatoes on my skewers but I kind of forgot about them. They were off to the side and I was so caught up snacking assembling the skewer ingredients that I totally forgot about poor ‘ol tomatoes.

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      • Author:Lisa
      • Prep Time: 30 min
      • Total Time: 30 min
      • Yield: 9 - 12 servings 1 x
      • Category: Appetizer
      • Method: no cook
      • Cuisine: Italian


      You will need 32 4-inch bamboo skewers or something similar

      • An 8 -ounce contain of mini, pearl size mozzarella balls (about 100 balls per container)
      • 2 pints of cherry tomatoes, halved (you&rsquoll need about 32 cherry tomatoes &ndash 1 halved tomato per skewer)
      • 1 large bunch of basil, leaves removed from the stems (you&rsquoll need about 64 leaves)
      • Good quality Extra virgin olive oil
      • Malden salt or sea salt
      • Freshly ground black pepper

      Optional Add-ons

      • Pitted kalamata olives, halved (figure 1 olive per skewer)
      • Thinly sliced prosciutto or Genoa salami, optional (figure two 1-inch pieces of meat per skewer)
      • A drizzle of thick balsamic vinegar (balsamic reduction)


      1. Thread the ingredients onto the skewers in alternating patterns: mozzarella ball, tomato, basil, mozzarella, tomato basil, mozzarella ball. If the basil leaves are large, fold them in half before skewering them. If you want some variation, include olives and/or prosciutto in some of the skewers.
      2. Lay the skewers out on a platter. Drizzle them generously with olive oil and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature.

      Keywords: caprese salad kebabs, caprese skewers