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The holidays can be so hectic, and I feel like I look for easy, no fuss, flavorful meals at this time of year more than any other. This recipe though, goes back almost a decade to when the Godfather and I were broke college sweethearts, then broke newlyweds and grad students. Date nights out were something we only enjoyed once in a while, so we planned many date nights in instead! We would cook dinner together, or if we were too tired, keep things simple and buy pizza then make a salad to pair.
This recipe is inspired by one of those date nights! We would often purchase California Pizza Kitchen thin crust pizzas. We didn’t live near a CPK restaurant, and the varieties were fun! Our favorites were the Thai Chicken Pizza and the Sicilian; you can imagine who preferred which. 😉 We were out running errands one day and started getting hungry. Instead of going out, especially since we had just gone grocery shopping the day before, we popped into Walmart and grabbed a thin crust Sicilian pizza out of the frozen section, then headed home to make one of our “date night in” meals for lunch!
While the pizza baked, I made a quick balsamic reduction and put together these beautiful easy italian salad skewers. They were the perfect pairing for the pizza! So flavorful, and the prosciutto and basil complimented the flavors of the pizza toppings so well. No wonder we never missed eating out when we were first married!
You can buy balsamic glaze, but it’s very easy to make at home, and it keeps 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator, so you can use it more than once. It’s an easy way to dress up salads, sliced tomatoes, and all sorts of dishes! Make a double batch, put half in a pretty bottle, and you even have a great gift. That’s how we make the holiday’s even easier! 😉
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Easy Italian Salad Skewers
- 16 oz cittiglione fresh mozzarella
- 8 oz cherry tomatoes
- 8 oz prosciutto
- 1 bunch fresh basil
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup unpacked brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp water
- In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, brown sugar, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and stir frequently until the sugar has dissolved and the glaze has reduced to the desired consistency (at least by half). This takes 10-15 minutes.
- Once the glaze has reached almost the desired thickness (it will thicken as it cools), remove from the heat and place in a glass container.
- To make the skewers, wash and pat dry the tomoatoes and basil. Drain the liquid from the fresh mozzarella. Cut each slice of prosciutto in half lengthwise.
- Make the skewers by threading one end of the prosciutto onto the skewer, adding a ball of mozzarella and a bit of basil, running the skewer through the prosciutto again, adding a tomato, the prosciutto, a bit of basil, the last bit of the prosciutto, and finishing off with a ball of mozzarella.
- You may make the skewers a few hours in advance and drizzle with balsamic glaze just before serving.