As of today, December 20th 2010 I am officially done with Christmas shopping! I must say that this is a new record for me and I pretty much have Amazon and all the ridiculously creative people on Etsy to thank for this year's efficiency. If you've never been over to Etsy, I suggest you head there right now. Yes, leave my post - it's ok. The site's that good and full of amazing presents :) How's your holiday shopping progressing this year?
With all my newly discovered free time, I'm back in the kitchen. Though that sounds oddly 1940's domestic I'm happy to get back to baking and into the warmest room in our house. Seriously, folks. If you ever find your toes getting cold, just head into the kitchen and bake something. You'll feel much better about life AND your house will smell good.
Today's recipe is easy and perfect for the holidays. I love this recipe because not only is it Christmas colors, but it also comes together quickly and is an excellent finger food. All too often, I find myself at a party trying to eat an appetizer and having it fall all over my white clothing. Who wears white clothing in the winter besides me? Lesson learned. Put finger foods on toothpicks to make life easy for klutzes like me! Unfortunately, not too much "heat cooking" is involved so you'll just need to put some snuggle socks on instead.
1 clove garlic, smashed
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
12 bocconcini (small mozzarella balls)
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
12 basil leaves, preferably large
12 toothpicks or short wooden skewers
2 -3 sausage links of your choice
Combine the garlic, salt, pepper flakes, and olive oil in a medium glass bowl. Cover and microwave on high until the garlic is golden, about 2 minutes. Cool. Add the bocconcini and refrigerate for at least 1 and up to 24 hours.
Pan fry sausages and allow to cool slightly. Slice sausages.
Thread a tomato onto a skewer, wrap a bocconcini in a basil leaf and add to the skewer; finish with a sausage
Repeat with the remaining cheese and tomatoes.