We held our annual holiday party this past weekend. We usually dress up in some sort of theme. In the past we’ve done ugly Christmas sweaters, we’ve dressed up in “12 days of Christmas attire” – think turtledoves, french hens, swans etc. and a variety of Santa Clauses – all worthy of a separate blog entry! This year was no different and we dressed up in “ugly pants.”
In our last post, I mentioned that we got some produce and desserts to bring to this get-together. Our theme this year was Italian food and I’m usually the one that brings the salad. This year, I decided to do a little twist on it and I ended up making what Marc started calling “basil boats.” The basil boats were really easy to make (no cooking involved!).
What you need:
- Fresh mozarella
- Grape or cherry tomatoes
- Olive Oil
- Minced garlic
- Balsamic vinegar
All you have to do is slice the fresh mozarella close to the size of the cherry or grape tomatoes. Then you skewer the two together. Then you add the basil to it by skewering both ends of the leaf (creating a boat shape, hence the name, “basil boats”). Lay the basil boats on a tray.
For the dressing, I just added olive oil to my balsamic vinegar and generously added the minced garlic. When we got to the party, I poured it over the basil boats and voila! You have a fun and refreshing appetizer.
My friends are amazing bakers but unfortunately, I’m not! LOL (Check out the homemade french macarons, chocolate truffles, chocolate dipped pretzels, mini cherry cheesecakes below!). We bought this italian rum cake from Diane of Boniere Bakery instead.
Thanks to Maya Bueno for the amazing photos! Shift Local wishes all of you the best holiday season and a wonderful 2014!