Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Balsamic Strawberry-Mozzarella Bites

Fresh strawberries paired with fresh mozzarella and drizzled with sweetened balsamic vinegar....it was only a matter of time!


I want to let you in on a little secret about the way I do food. I am not a recipe person. Or a list person. I am not someone who plans out weekly meals, and when I go to the grocery store, I rarely have more than a vague idea of what I'm looking for. I don't have an orderly pantry (or refrigerator, for that matter.....) and even my ideas for the blog are written on little scraps of paper and strewn about the kitchen. In short, it's safe to say that, when it comes to food, organization is not my strong suit.



No....I prefer to wing it. To fly by the seat of my pants. To make it work. I prefer to have an over-packed fridge. To wait until inspiration strikes, and then go with it. At the grocery store, I prefer to walk up and down every aisle, looking for things that catch my eye, things that are on sale....and it's usually only after I get home that I decide how I will use them!


Case in point: this fresh mozzarella. It's been sitting in my fridge, unopened, for about a week now. And it was time to figure out how to use it. So I looked through my packed fridge and my random scraps of blog ideas....and this is what I came up with: Balsamic Strawberry-Mozzarella Bites. Sound strange? Let me explain. We've all heard of balsamic strawberries, right? And we've all tasted the deliciousness of fresh mozzarella and balsamic vinegar in a caprese salad, right? So.....clearly......it was only a matter of time before strawberries and mozzarella got together. Right!?


Now, I'd like to say that my way with food comes from my creative genius that just can't be confined to things like recipes and organization.....but the reality is, this is all I can handle! Looking through cookbooks, going to the grocery store with a long list, coming up with recipes for an entire week at a time (!) all overwhelm me!! Using what I have to make something delicious, though? That I can handle.



Balsamic Strawberry-Mozzarella Bites
1 lb. fresh strawberries, washed and de-stemmed
1 (8 oz.) container fresh mozzarella cheese (ciliegine or little cherry size), drained
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
1 T. sugar
toothpicks

1. Mix balsamic vinegar and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
2. Skewer strawberries and mozzarella on toothpicks. 
3. Drizzle with balsamic mixture.


Enjoy!!


Looking for another fresh berry recipe? Check out my Lemon-Raspberry Phyllo Tarts!




Thanks for taking a peek inside my Lemon Tree Dwelling....
I hope you feel right at home!
-Cathy

26 comments :

  1. I prefer to think of you as a creative genius thankyouverymuch :)

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  2. Gorgeous!!! Especially for just winging it, geez! I am the opposite, I'm a planner, mainly when it comes to meals. I don't plan my baking because my mood changes with the wind. I love balsamic vinegar and strawberries together!

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  3. Delish! I have received many strange looks when I serve strawberries and Balsamic, but quickly convert folks to this yummy combo. I've not paired it with mozzarella, so now I have something new to try!

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

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  4. Yum, love pairing strawberries and balsamic. Thanks for the reminder...somehow yours still look better than mine!

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  5. Yummy! I love fresh mozzarella and balsamic.. especially in bruschetta form, but this looks so good! I will have to try it. It's so easy, too. Thanks!

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  6. Oh these look delicious, too. Pinned!

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  7. Wow. Clever combination. I wouldn't have thought of it, but I'd be completely intrigued to try it.

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  8. Wow! those look amazing! bet they taste wonderful!

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  9. Since I'm not a huge fan of tomatoes, I would much prefer substituting strawberries. This looks amazing! And I wouldn't have thought of adding sugar to the balsamic vinegar. Ok... I have a box of strawberries in the fridge, have the balsamic vinegar, and now off to the store for fresh mozzarella! Good thinking, girl!!!!

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  10. This sounds really good! I love all three things, and I am sure they are super yummy all together!

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  11. These look and sound to die for! Strawberries are my favorite - and cheese is a great thing too! LOL - Thanks for linking up at the Pinterest Power Party!

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

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  12. My tastebuds are tingling just looking at these....sweet, sour, and creamy....oh, my!!
    Stopping by from The Weekend re-Treat!!

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  13. Oh my gosh, these look amazing! Such a creative idea!

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  14. These look so good! Thanks for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week!
    Hugs
    Kathy

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  15. I've seen loads of "recipes" for strawberries with balsamic, but never with mozzarella too! Clever clogs! I followed you from the link party with Domestic Superhero. Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here's the link: http://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/Tasty-Tuesdays-8-features-ad.html

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  16. Love this and your blog! I would love to have you come and share this at my link party that is just up and going! Come join us! We would love to have you at greatastestuesdays.blogspot.com

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  17. Love this!

    I would love for you to link up to my TGIF Link Party! Who knows, you just might be featured next week!

    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-peek-into-my-paradise-tgif-link-party.html

    Cathy

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  18. Those almost look too good to eat, but I bet I could still eat one. Okay maybe two...

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  19. Hi Cathy,

    Just popping by to let you know that you are being featured tonight! Thanks for linking up at our Simply Create Link Party!

    Melissa
    redflycreations.com

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  20. I love this. So simple but great flavor. Would be fantastic for a party. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

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  21. WOWZERS. This looks so freaking good. I love your pictures and what a great idea!

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