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Finger Food: Toothpick Appetizers

Bocconcini

I make these toothpick appetizers every time I have a party and add them to the rest of the finger food I serve. They really add a kind of freshness to the rest of the party food items.

Recipe Notes on Bambini Bocconcini
It took me ages to find a good quality baby bocconcini for these appetizers. I shopped pretty much everywhere and in the end, I decided that La Casa Del Formaggio brand is the best option available. It’s creamy and has non-animal rennet. The company says that this particular bocconcini size was developed by La Casa Del Formaggio for the Australian market. And, I’m glad that they did, because it is just the right size for threading on toothpicks!

Bocconcini

What is Bocconcini anyway?
Here’s how La Casa Del Formaggio explains it:

“Bocconcini are small balls of fresh mozzarella. ‘Bambini’ Bocconcini are 5 gram sized baby balls of bocconcini. Bocconcini is a type of Pasta Filata or stretched curd, which is a delicately flavoured fresh cheese that has a texture very similar to al dente pasta. It is used to carry other flavours such as fresh herbs and extra virgin olive oil in salads. Traditionally made in Southern Italy from the milk of water buffaloes (introduced into Italy from India in the 16th century), it is now made with cow’s milk and best kept in it’s own lightly salted water. As this format was invented by La Casa Del Formaggio, we have trademarked the name “Bambini” which means “baby” in Italian!”

Serving Suggestions for Bambini Bocconcini
Bambini Bocconcini is not only a fantastic ingredient for toothpick appetizers but also great for bruschetta or fresh salad.

Where to Buy Bambini Bocconcini
Available at our local supermarkets like Coles, Woolworths, IGA and Ritches. Also, some independent gourmet stores/groceries carry these bambinis, too.

Recipe: Toothpick Appetizers
Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
8 cherry tomatoes (grape variety)
8 fresh basil leaves
8 La Casa Del Formaggio brand Bambini Bocconcini
8 toothpicks (longer ones that are designed for finger food)

Directions:
• Thread a Bambini Bocconcini ball, a piece of basil leaf, and a tomato onto one toothpicks. Repeat the same with the remaining ingredients and the toothpicks.
• Serve immediately.

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