Thursday, December 14, 2017

The 5th and 6th bites of Christmas I've made for you and me are... a Mini Fuyu Persimmon Caprese and a regular Mini Caprese

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The 5th and 6th bites of Christmas I've made for you and me are...

#5 Mini Fuyu Persimmon Caprese and #6 a regular Mini Caprese

The persimmons you’ll most likely see in the shops are the fuyu type – you’re in luck because this one can be eaten at various stages of ripeness. I love, love, love it as a healthy dessert when it is ripe enough to yield under your thumb – then it is supposed to taste of pear, dates, with the toffee-ness of brown sugar and hints of cinnamon. Dunno about that but they are mwah!



However, before they get to this sweet, melting ripeness, they are pretty good baked or as the anchor for a mini caprese. When they are still firm they have a slight astringency which works well with the cheese.

I like to make a regular caprese with cherry tomatoes too because the slightly sweet persimmon contrasts nicely with the tomato version - and they are gloriously colourful on the plate. Watch out though – these relatively healthy nibbles will have vanished long before the crisps and olives!

For 12 – 16 people (3-4 per person) you will need
48 mini mozzarella balls
2 firm fuyu persimmons, peeled, halved then cut into 6 chunks per half
24 cherry tomatoes cut in half across the middle
48 fresh basil leaves
a little vinaigrette for drizzling over the top
Cocktail sticks or mini skewers

It’s an assembly job really.

For the fuyu persimmon caprese:
Skewer the following ingredients in the order given:
1 basil leaf
1 mozzarella ball
1 chunk of fuyu persimmon
Repeat 23 more times

For the regular mini caprese:
Skewer the following ingredients in the order given:
1 basil leaf
1 mozzarella ball
½ a cherry tomato (skewer through the round end first so you end up with a flat bottom so that you can stand them upright on a platter)
Repeat 23 more times

Mine, all mine !

When read to serve, drizzle with a little vinaigrette – my Vivacious Vinaigrette recipe is under Sauce’ry here

If you are planning to eat any yourself, take them now because there won’t be any left in 10 minutes’ time!
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