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Berry Mozza Cheese Bites
The weather is getting warmer and it’s almost time for outdoor summer entertaining.
During the summer, I like to serve lighter dishes and drinks to my guests. I often opt for recipes with lots of fruits and veggies and refreshing drinks like chilled beer and wine or sparkling cider.
Today I’m sharing a recipe for Berry Mozza Cheese Bites. It’s a great light appetizer to serve at your parties this summer. Strawberries and blueberries are served with mozzarella cheese cubes and fresh basil leaves for a sweet take on traditional caprese salad.
I placed the berries, cheese and basil on bamboo skewers and served them with Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer; it’s an adult drink from Smirnoff, the world’s #1 selling vodka.
I picked up a variety pack of Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzers on a recent shopping trip. They are a tasty blend of crisp, refreshing taste and bubbly carbonation. There are only 90 calories per 12 oz* can and zero sugar. It’s an ideal drink for any occasion this summer.
*Average Analysis: Calories 90; Carbohydrates 1g; Protein 0g; Fat 0g.
Strawberries and blueberries are two of my favorite summer fruits. I grow them every year in my garden.
I have a section of my garden reserved for herbs and every year I grow an abundance of basil.
I wouldn’t normally think to combine fruit with basil leaves in a recipe, but the sweet flavor in the berries pairs well with the spiciness of the basil. Mozzarella cheese acts as a neutral flavor and ties it all together.
Berry Mozza Cheese Bites
- 1 4oz package of blueberries
- 1 16oz package of strawberries
- 1 4oz package of mozzarella cheese cut into small cubes
- 20 fresh basil leaves
- Bamboo skewers or toothpicks
Wash fruit and remove the leaves of the strawberries and cut them in half lengthwise.
Pierce the fruit onto the skewer starting with the strawberries, then a basil leaf followed by a blueberry, piece of mozzarella, another basil leaf and an additional blueberry.
Place on a serving tray and keep chilled in the fridge until your guests arrive. Serve with Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer. Check out where to buy Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer near you.
What’s your go-to summer appetizer? Do you have any tips for entertaining as the weather gets warmer? Share in the comments!