5 Minute Caprese Bites | Mother's Day | 4 ingredients | Easy Appetizer | Vegetarian
Have you ever bit into something and immediately are hit with a massive fresh flavor bomb? That's what to expect with these Caprese bites! They take less than 5 minutes to put together, have 4 simple ingredients, and explode in your mouth! Since Mother's Day is this weekend, and when I think of Mother's Day, we usually spend it with a big brunch filled with a massive assortment of foods and bites. If you look at the photo above, you can immediately recognize each individual ingredient- tomato, mozzarella, basil, and a balsamic glaze. That's it! This appetizer is also super Covid friendly- allowing everyone to take an individual bite
Since this is a Mother's Day-inspired recipe, I thought I would introduce you to my (Lexi's) mom- the one and only Wendy. Wendy is a character who is always full of infectious positive energy (at the embarrassment of her kids). She has a massive personality and can talk and relate to anyone she comes in contact with! She is the main reason that I started learning to cook... because she hated cooking when I was a kid... But, hear me out, this was not a bad thing at all. My mom would rather be running around playing with me and my two younger brothers than standing in the kitchen for an hour to prepare dinner. She was always super active with us and was always busy figuring out how she could fill our lives with new experiences that cooking wasn't necessarily a priority, it was looked at as more of a boring and repetitive chore (this is how I feel about the laundry). Our childhood meals consisted of frozen pizza cut into squares, not triangles, Kraft macaroni and cheese, Spaghetti-O's, and everything convenient!
Let me tell you about the snack cabinet we had in our house! This snack cabinet was probably the only reason I was mildly popular growing up. My friends in our neighborhood would get off the bus at my house instead of theirs, raid our snack cabinet, then immediately walk home because they never were allowed to have these snacks in their house. This cabinet was filled with Twinkies, Hohos, Pringles, Dunkaroos, Fruit Roll-ups, Toaster Strudels, Gogurt, Nutter Butters, Gushers, Goldfish, Poptarts, Oreos, chocolate chip cookies, Capri Sun's, Lunchables, and every 90's junk food you could imagine. It was the snack cabinet of every kid's dreams- and IT WAS FREE REIGN, on a bottom shelf and you could come and go as you were hungry! She was the cool mom.
The funniest part of growing up with open access to these foods, me and my brothers are all insanely healthy eaters now in our adulthood. We all cook almost all of our own meals from scratch now, and rarely have a ton of convenience food in the house. We went through a weird reverse rebellion when we moved out where instead of eating all the foods that we were never allowed as kids, we longed to cook things from scratch instead of opening up a plastic wrapper and throwing it into the microwave. Wendy is a legend and made our childhood full of memories, adventure, and sugar. Love ya mom.
Ingredient Breakdown for Caprese Bites
Mozzarella- you can either purchase a large ball of mozzarella and rip it apart like I did or buy the already small balled mozzarella
Balsalmic GLAZE- this is different than balsamic vinegar, it is thick, syrupy, and sweet!
You will also need toothpicks to create the perfect bite!