Citrus Caprese Skewers with Citrus Honey Glaze
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Today's blog is all about a fresh spin on a classic Italian antipasto! I don’t know about you, but if you say Caprese Salad I am all in! Italians love their antipasto with their varieties of cured meats, cheeses, and fresh produce served right before a meal. I am going to put a twist on the classic Caprese Salad by substituting a few ingredients and placing them on a skewer. I will be using citrus fruits and berries to replace the tomatoes and a honey glaze instead of the traditional balsamic glaze. It is the perfect sweet combination for the summer. Ideally, antipasto is meant to be shared with a group before a meal, but you can share this experience with just your immediate household as well. So grab some vino and let’s get started!
Here is what you will need:
For the Skewers:
- 2 assorted oranges ( I used blood orange and a clementine)
- Mozzarella Pearls
- Fresh Basil Leaves
- 6-inch Skewers
For the Citrus Honey Glaze:
- ¼ cup of honey
- 1 tbsp fresh-squeezed orange juice
- 1 tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
The first order of business nowadays, please wash your hands as well as your fresh produce. Peel your oranges and prepare the individual pieces to be sliced in half. After slicing the orange pieces in half, begin to tear off bite-size portions of the prosciutto. Now it’s time to get serious, grab a skewer and assemble in the following order: orange slice, mozzarella pearl, prosciutto slice, blackberry, basil leaf, another mozzarella pearl, and last but not least, another orange slice. Repeat until you have assembled your desired amount of skewers.
To make the glaze, mix the honey, orange juice, and lemon juice in a small bowl. I always make sure I buy local honey. Local honey has great benefits such as helping with seasonal allergies because it contains local pollen which can strengthen the immune system. Such a plus these days!
The great thing about this recipe is that you can customize the ingredients however you’d like. Try using different types of oranges. I used clementine and blood oranges but any type works great! You can also try mixing in different berries and cheeses. The possibilities are endless!
My favorite part about making any meal is the presentation. It just makes everything feel a bit more special! These skewers are already vibrant in color, so it doesn’t need much. I arranged mine on a cutting board and garnished with the leftover basil, orange slices, and little sprigs fresh flowers. Pour the honey glaze into a small serving bowl and add a honey dipper. Now drizzle the honey glaze over the skewers with the honey dripper. To accentuate the flavor, you can pair it with your favorite Pinot Grigio.
The skewers are now ready to serve! Saluti!