Right, so I blatantly ripped off this idea from a lovely friend of mine who is both an event planner and a natural born hostess. She also likes succulents - so I basically think she's the coolest person. These antipasto skewers make for a delicious light dinner or canapés night and are as cute as they are easy.
You can mix and match what's on your skewers, but I wanted a blend of salty and refreshing, so I went with: artichokes, cherry tomatoes (mix of colors), cheese tortellini, olives (green & black), fresh basil, and mozzarella cheese chunks.
If I could change one thing about these skewers it would be that the mozzarella is not in an adorable ball shape. Sadly, the store I was shopping at did not have small moz balls, so I just cut up some big ones. I am not a multi-store shopper. I truly hate going to multiple stores to get everything, so I'm always changing recipes mid-grocery-store-aisle and debating over potential substitutions.
Enjoy this quick, cute, and simple recipe. I hope you have a chance to share it with some friends or family this week!
Makes 4 servings (12 skewers total) | Prep Time: 3 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes
1 (9 ounce) package tortellini
2 cups cherry tomatoes (multi-colored pack, if possible)
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts
1 (14 oz) jar mixed olives
8 ounces fresh mozzarella (preferably in small balls)
24 to 30 leaves fresh basil
1 tablespoon reduced balsamic vinegar
pinch of salt and pepper
Cook tortellini according to package directions.
Assemble skewers with 2 tortellini and a mix of other ingredients on each stick.
Drizzle the balsamic vinegar over all the sticks and sprinkle with salt and pepper.