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.
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
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)
Slide ingredients onto the skewer. I think this order produces the nicest color mix:
When sliding ingredients on, leave about three inches on the bottom of the skewer (so people can easily hold it while eating).
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
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.
You’re now ready to serve ‘em up and enjoy this festive season.