The Caprese

ap·pe·tiz·er noun
a small dish of food or a drink taken before a meal or the main course of a meal to stimulate one’s appetite.

In today’s society, it really isn’t common to make appetizers at home.  Mostly we reserve such indulgences for when we are dinning out or at some swanky affair. While fun, I feel that the charm of an appetizer is lost in such a setting.  An appetizer is meant to be enjoyed along with stimulating conversation. The pairing should whet your appetite for what the evening has to offer.

However, this generally isn’t the case and it’s where restaurants and events fail when it comes to appetizers.  Such settings are so hectic that you find yourself shouting over the ambient noise and scarfing down whatever snack is forced in front you.  Rather than being a relaxing experience it’s often times more like a survival test or combat snacking.

To that end, I’ve started to make it a point to prepare simple appetizers at home. Generally, I go for something small that pairs well with a glass of wine or a cocktail.  The point is to provide a moment for my wife and I to sit down, pet the dog, and enjoy each other’s company before rushing into the evening.  To be honest, it’s an amazing experience and really does help one to relax and decompress after a busy day.

A go to appetizer for us is the caprese. It’s simple, pairs well with everything, and requires no cooking experience or skill.

The Caprese

Container of Cherubs tomatoes

Fresh Basil

Belgioioso Mozzarella Pearls

Kirkland Balsamic Vinegar (drizzle over the appetizer just before serving)

Skewer up a few of these bad boys, poor yourself a glass of wine and enjoy.


About Bryan

Hi! I’m Bryan, a simple guy that followed his wife from Los Angeles to Nashville and am currently living as a stay-at-home-husband. This site is about what I do to pass my time, keep the wife happy, and stay out of trouble. Some times it’s crafting, other times it’s cleaning, but mostly it’s cooking. I hope you enjoy the adventure as much as I am. Bryan Stay-at-Home-Husband

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