Monday, May 30, 2011

A Memorial Day to Remember

Happy Memorial Day!
I am sure many of you are in full grilling mode at this moment. Unless, like myself you were fortunate to be invited somewhere. Then the only dilemma is what appetizer you should bring. There are so many from which to chose. But I dare say, this one is a winner. Tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil on a stick. If you are in a appetizer rut, like I was, this has all the appeal. Quick, fresh, delicious. The added perk is that summer decided to join us today, and when summer is here to stay, cranking up the oven is just so... not needed in this case.

So, as I enjoyed the spectacular feast prepared by my mother, I surprised her with old photos I dug out. Her wedding day photos from 50 years ago on May 27Th. This marks quite an accomplishment, considering the times we are living in. For me my parents anniversary and memorial holiday coinciding is the way it has always been. Some things in life are great when they stay the way they have always been. Just not your appetizer!

The flavors of the tomato, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil taste like fresh picked summer.
10.5 ounce package of grape tomatoes, wash and pat dry
Fresh basil, rip leaves into bite size pieces
Fresh mozzarella, you can cut into bite size pieces or buy pearl
Balsamic vinaigrette
Tooth picks or small skewers

Alternate on skewer, tomato, basil and cheese. When finished with assembly of the skewers, drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette. Ready to serve.

Note: I used more than half of the 10 ounce package of tomatoes for 6 adults. The great thing about this recipe is you can keep making until you have enough for a big crowd, or make for a smaller group. Serve as a snack, appetizer or on the go lunch.
If you would like to substitute the fresh mozzarella for low fat, this is great for those who want a lower calorie option.

Basil is a good source of vitamin A, which helps to prevent free radical damage to our cells. Vitamin A also prevents free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol in the blood stream, thus preventing cholesterol from building up in blood vessels.
Basil also contains magnesium. This essential mineral helps the heart and blood vessels to relax, improving blood flow. Other nutrients found in basil include iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C.

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