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Caprese on a Stick with Basil Dipping Sauce

A fun and easy appetizer for kids and adults.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 10 sticks
Calories: 223kcal
Author: Michele Olivier

Ingredients

For Stick

  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olives sliced or whole pitted
  • 1/3 cup croutons or cubed loaf bread
  • 1/4 cup mini mozzarella balls
  • 10 6- inch wooden or lollipop sticks

For Croutons

  • 8 slices bread loaf, white, wheat, gluten free, cubed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For Basil Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup packed basil
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

For Croutons

  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add cubed bread and stir until bread is slightly covered in oil, drizzling the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil onto bread if needed.
  • Sprinkle the cubed bread with garlic and salt and stir well.
  • Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn heat down to low, and cook for an additional 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and let cool. Croutons will continue to get crunchy as they cool.

For Basil Dipping Sauce

  • Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and pulse for 30 seconds in 3-4 second intervals, scrapping down sides if needed.

For Caprese on a Stick

  • Taking one stick at a time, thread a tomato, olive, mozzarella ball, crouton, mozzarella ball, olive and then a tomato onto the stick, but you don't have to follow my rules, you can use any pattern you wish.
  • Finish threading all of the sticks and serve with a side of dipping sauce.

Notes

This recipe will make 3 extra cups of croutons and 1/2 cup extra basil dipping sauce.
Storage - sticks last for 2 days in fridge, croutons last for 1 week in air-tight container on counter, and basil dipping sauce lasts for 2 weeks in air-tight container in the fridge.

Nutrition

Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg