Tortellini Skewers

December 14, 2011

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Do you have any holiday parties you’ll be attending in the next few weeks?

If so, there’s a good chance that you’ll be tasked with bringing a dish to share with everyone. I’ve certainly found myself in this position several times already in the last couple of weeks.

Normally I’m more of a baker and jump at the opportunity to make desserts. It’s nice to mix it up, though, and bring something savory every now and then. I had several requirements for my savory hors d’oeuvres including, able to serve cold, pretty presentation, able to eat without silverware, and maintain its freshness and taste for at least a day so that it could be made ahead of time.

Thus the creation of the Tortellini Skewer. Follow along to make your own festive party platter.

1ingredients

Ingredients:

1 package tortellinis (or you could make homemade tortellinis)
24 fresh mozzarella balls (often labeled Bocconcini)
24 small tomatoes
24 basil leaves
1 can artichoke hearts (mine were plain, canned in water, but you could certainly use a flavored oil packed jar as well)
24 wooden skewers


Construction:

Cook your pasta according to the package directions. Once cooked al dente – toss in olive oil and place on an olive oil greased cookie sheet.

Cut up the basil into pieces approximately 1 inch by 1 inch (or any size you like)

2assembleskewer

Slide ingredients onto the skewer. I think this order produces the nicest color mix:

tortellini
mozzarella
basil
tortellini
tomato
artichoke heart
basil
tortellini

When sliding ingredients on, leave about three inches on the bottom of the skewer (so people can easily hold it while eating).

3withpesto

A pesto dipping sauce is the perfect accompaniment and is extremely easy to make.

Pesto Sauce Ingredients:

4 Cups Fresh Basil
1/2 Cup Pine nuts
4 Cloves garlic
1 Cup grated fresh Parmesan or Pecorino Romano Cheese
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

Put the first four ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend. Add olive oil until it reaches the consistency you desire (about 1/2 to 1 Cup perhaps). Taste and then add salt and pepper.

You can also halve the recipe, because this is more pesto than is needed for the skewers. However, I like to have extra (it freezes and thaws great) and I didn’t want to risk wasting any basil from the package I purchased.

4finalskewer

You’re now ready to serve ‘em up and enjoy this festive season.

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Kale December 15, 2011 at 10:09 am

Never really thought of tortellini being served chilled, but I’ll be the first to attest that these are quite delectable – and were a huge hit at my holiday party.

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Mallory December 19, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Yippee!

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Judy June 29, 2013 at 5:40 pm

These are so easy, and quite a big hit. I used solid Cheddar squares instead of Mozzarella because of it being a hot day and thought the cheddar would hold up better. Still very delicious and eye pleasing to a nice set appetizer table !! Thanks for sharing ..this is definitely a keeper recipe !

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Mallory July 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Yay! I’m so glad to hear that they were a hit, Judy, and I’m sure the cheddar was delish – thanks for sharing!

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