TMBC (Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil, Crouton) Skewers

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I serve with all the skewers in a bean filled jar—with the skewers anchored in the container by the beans. It makes for an impressive, easy presentation.

TMBC (Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil, Crouton) Skewers

About This Recipe

This recipe appears in: Serious Entertaining: No-Cook One-Handed Appetizers


  • 1 loaf Pugliese bread or dense Italian bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons good quality olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 container fresh mozzarella balls - bocconcini
  • 1 package cherry tomatoes (16 oz, 2 cups)
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper


  1. 1

    Cut the loaf of bread into cubes a little larger than an inch wide.

  2. 2

    Preheat a large frying or sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add 2 tablespoons butter.

  3. 3

    When the butter has melted, add the bread cubes. Toss so all cubes are well-coated.

  4. 4

    Sprinkle over the top: 1 teaspoon garlic salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese.

  5. 5

    Toss gently until all croutons are golden brown. Remove to a bowl and let cool.

  6. 6

    Drain mozzarella balls. Wash cherry tomatoes. Prepare basil leaves.

  7. 7

    Skewer a toasty crouton, basil leaf, cherry tomato, basil leaf, mozzarella ball and top off with a final basil leaf.

  8. 8

    Make the dressing. Add balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper to a sealed container and shake until both are incorporated. Drizzle over the skewers just before serving.


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