Peppadew Pepper Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze are a perfect appetizer or snack for summer - you'll love this sweet and spicy take on a caprese salad!

Peppadew Pepper Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze

Peppadew Pepper Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze are a perfect appetizer or snack for summer - you'll love this sweet and spicy take on a caprese salad!
Peppadew Pepper Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze

Peppadew Pepper Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze are a perfect appetizer or snack for summer – you’ll love this sweet and spicy take on a caprese salad!

Peppadew Pepper Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze are a perfect appetizer or snack for summer - you'll love this sweet and spicy take on a caprese salad!

There’s a majestic tree at one of my favorite parks – one of those gorgeous valley oak trees I have grown to love, with an arching canopy that it wore like a crown, it’s trunk so large it would take at least three arm spans to give it a hug. Over the years, I considered it a friend. It shaded us on those summer days while my kids and I would picnic and play – especially during those toddler years when we would spend all day at the park in the summer. It was where I would photograph families, back when I shot portraits. It was where my kids would run circles after a day at summer camp.

Peppadew Pepper Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze are a perfect appetizer or snack for summer - you'll love this sweet and spicy take on a caprese salad!

Peppadew Pepper Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze are a perfect appetizer or snack for summer - you'll love this sweet and spicy take on a caprese salad!

It had probably seen decades of picnics and proposals and even wedding vows (they did have weddings at this park), and is in the background of countless family portraits and Christmas cards.

Imagine my shock when I drove my kids to drama camp last week to find a hole where the oak’s trunk should be, the lawn surrounding it looking completely barren and empty. I whined on snapchat and shared my sadness, and soon after learned that it had suffered a split in the middle of the night last month, and tree experts found that it suffered from trunk failure. I had underestimated its age – at over 150 years, it lived well beyond the average life span of valley oak trees, and was cut down for the safety of everyone who loved it as much as I did.

Peppadew Pepper Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze are a perfect appetizer or snack for summer - you'll love this sweet and spicy take on a caprese salad!

I’ll miss picnics under that oak tree, and thought of it as I made these Peppadew Pepper Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze. They’re perfectly portable for a summer picnic, and my take on a traditional caprese salad. Instead of vine ripened tomatoes, I used sweet and spicy peppadew peppers — come to think of it, this is an appetizer that will last way past summer and can be made all year round! Just find a perfect spot in the shade of a tree and enjoy!

Peppadew Pepper Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze are a perfect appetizer or snack for summer - you'll love this sweet and spicy take on a caprese salad!

Peppadew Pepper Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze

Serves 8 | Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 20 minutes

Peppadew Pepper Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze are a perfect appetizer or snack for summer – you’ll love this sweet and spicy take on a caprese salad!

Ingredients

2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2-3 tablespoons brown sugar
12 oz marinated fresh mozzarella (Trader Joe’s makes a great one)
1 14-oz jar mild whole peppadew peppers (see notes below)
8 oz prosciutto, thinly sliced

Instructions

Make the balsamic glaze by stirring together the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves and it begins to simmer. Lower heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes, stirring periodically. When the glaze begins to coat the back of a spoon, remove the glaze from the heat and transfer to a bowl to cool.

While you make the glaze, prepare the caprese skewers. Using 4-6 inch skewers, thread the balls of mozzarella, peppadew peppers and prosciutto, alternating as desired. Just before serving, season lightly with salt and pepper. Serve with a drizzle or dip of the balsamic glaze.

Notes

Peppadew Whole Piquante Peppers (Mild) are lightly pickled and add tang to these caprese skewers! You can find it in the gourmet aisle or on Amazon.com.

Comments

  1. Lynn

    I was a second generation northern Californian until I moved to New England for work almost 30 years ago. One of the things I still miss the most living back here is produce shopping. Inhave a feeling if I moved back to CA now I’d be totally a fish out of water. What is a “peppadew pepper” and when were these introduced? Do you know if they are available anywhere in NE?
    Maybe I could grow some myself … but most peppers don’t like all the rain we get during the summer, so that’s probably out. Love your blog. -LA

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      I think if you were to move back, you would catch up very quickly, Lynn! Peppadew peppers are fairly new to me, too, and I use a jarred variety that is lightly pickled, so I’m sure you can find it in the NE. I’ve updated the recipe to include this information. Ask your local grocer, and of course, there’s always Amazon! Here is the link to the one I use: Peppadew Whole Piquante Peppers Mild

  2. Anna Kirsten

    It looks so delicious! I must prepare it for my friends, because it always problem for me – what prepare for evening or party. So thankful for your great blog!

    Reply
Kitchen Confidante®