Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Caprese salad canapes with basil pesto + Jamón Serrano with Rock Melon + Happy New Year 2014

Last Christmas, we decided to have a canape-style brunch with lots of small bites of our favorite food. Hubby loves caprese salad, a classic Italian salad made of sliced fresh mozzarella cheese, ripe tomatoes and fresh basil and seasoned with salt and extra virgin olive oil. I decided to make some "caprese salad on sticks" for our party! The components of our "caprese salad on sticks" are cubes of mozzarella followed by a cube of juicy Momotaro tomato, half a fresh basil leaf and finally topped with some homemade basil pesto which we made earlier that morning.

Pleasurable small bites ;)

I have to say this is quite the perfect canape for Christmas. Beautiful colours of red & green and it looks so pretty on the platter! In our hot weather, the mozzarella melts quite a bit, so store in fridge until you are ready to serve it. We definitely enjoyed these tiny bites!

Caprese salad on sticks 

Another canape we made was the Jamón Serrano with rock melon. I first tasted something similar (prosciutto with melon) when Hubby and I were holidaying in Marbella, Spain - so simple but absolutely delicious. All you need to do is cut the rock melon into cubes (sweet and juicy ones, please) and then wrap the Jamón serrano ham over it. Put it in your mouth and enjoy the wonderful sweet-salty sensation of this canape.

Finally, Happy New Year and hope that 2014 will be a a super duper awesome year for all! :)

Caprese salad on sticks (Caprese salad canapes with basil pesto)
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Makes 12

1/2 ball mozzarella, cut into small cubes
1 Momotaro tomato, cut into small cubes
3-4 tbsp homemade pesto (recipe here)
6 fresh basil leaves

1. Season the tomato with some salt. Place the mozzarella, followed by tomato, half a basil leaf and 1/4 tsp of pesto, then secure components together with a food pick.

Homemade basil pesto

Jamon Serrano with Rock Melon
1/2 packet Jamon Serrano or prosciutto, at room temperature
1/4 rock melon (cantaloupe), cut into cubes

1. Wrap each piece of rock melon with a small slice of Jamon Serrano and secure with a food pick.

I am submitting this to the "Baby Sumo's Christmas Recipes Collection 2013" event which I am hosting. You can link your recipes here.

I am also linking this to the Little Thumbs up "Cheese" event organised by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen from My Little Favourite DIY, hosted by Alice from I Love.I Cook.I Bake. You can link your posts here.

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  1. That looks like a perfect spread for celebrations! Looks so healthy and yummy!:D Wishing you a Happy New Year:D

  2. Hi Yen,

    Wishing you and your loved ones a great 2014 ahead! Cheers!

  3. Hi Yen,
    May The Year 2014 Bring for You Happiness,Success and filled with Peace,Hope & Togetherness of your Family & Friends....Wishing You a...*HAPPY NEW YEAR*

  4. What a gorgeous little canape! I've had these on planes and they're such a tasty little bite :D

  5. what a great post to welcome the new year with! i hope your year will be as bright and colorful and cheerful as these canapes, Yen, filled with fun times with the Hubby and Babies C & D (ok, they're not babies anymore, heheh) :D

  6. Happy 2014!
    Jamon Serrano with Rock Melon sounds yummy! I had something similar in one of the HK restaurant, rock melon wrapped with prosciutto. :D

  7. Hi Yen, it's a good idea to to eat these in small serving size with lots of varieties! I have eyed on the scallops. Happy new year!

  8. Hi Yen,

    Happy 2014 to you and your family too!!! I can see that you are starting the year with lots of good food... all extremely good quality food!!!


  9. Happy New Year, Yen! I am not too keen on cheese but all the other yummies you served I would love!

  10. I love caprese salad. It is so easy to eat them on a skewer and with all flavours in one pop, is da bomb!

  11. Happy New Year Yen! What a feast!
    I never ate caprese salad, nor Serrano with cantaloupe
    But I think I would enjoy it, the combination is just perfect
    Thanks for linking this to LTU cheese :)


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