Mozzarella Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

stuffed cherry tomsThis is a super fast appetizer inspired by the Italian classic Caprese Salad. They are perfect for summer parties when the tomato and basil flavors are at their peak. Be sure to use high quality olive oil and fresh mozzarella.

32 cherry tomatoes
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 ounces fresh mozzarella
1/4 cup basil leaves, cut in chiffonade (leaves rolled up and sliced in thin ribbons)

Slice a very thin piece off the bottom of each cherry tomato so the tomatoes will sit level on a platter. Make another slice on the other end of the tomato and scoop out the seeds inside using a small melon baller or small measuring spoon.

Sprinkle each cherry tomato with salt and pepper. Drizzle in a few drops of olive oil into each cherry tomato. Stuff each tomato with a cube of the mozzarella cheese. Garnish the tops with the sliced basil. Transfer the stuffed cherry tomatoes onto a serving platter and refrigerate until ready to serve.

– Recipe courtesy of Cook Like James