Cooking with Kyle: Strawberry Caprese appetizers with balsamic reduction glaze 

This simple and versatile recipe is easy, quick and works perfectly as either an appetizer when assembled with a toothpick or as a salad when tossed together. The balsamic reduction completes the package. It’s perfect for special occasions!


  • 1/2 C balsamic vinegar
  • 3 T honey or maple syrup
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh strawberries (18-20)
  • Fresh Mozzarella balls, halved (18-20)


  1. In a saucepan, whisk together balsamic and honey or maple syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to a simmer. Allow mixture to simmer 10 minutes or reduced by 1/2. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Stack basil leaves, roll tightly and cut vertically.
  3. Slice strawberries into uniform slices – may also be halved.
  4. Slice mozzarella balls in half.
  5. Assemble on toothpicks, starting with basil, then strawberry, then mozzarella half. Repeat process, ending with a flat piece of strawberry. Stand or lay flat on plate.
  6. Drizzle with balsamic reduction.
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