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Heart Shaped Valentine’s Caprese Skewers

Make these adorable and delicious Heart Shaped Valentine’s Caprese Skewers for Valentine’s Day! Sliced grape tomatoes shaped into hearts are the star of this easy appetizer.

If you’re looking for an easy and really cute Valentine’s Day appetizer, these Valentine’s Caprese Skewers are it. Your family and friends will love the heart shaped tomatoes! Is it even Valentine’s Day without ALL THE HEARTS?!

a top down view of half of a wooden cutting board with seven caprese skewers. the tomatoes are cut and shaped into hearts

Simple, fresh ingredients.

These Valentine’s Caprese Skewers are made with 3 simple, fresh ingredients: grape tomatoes, mini bocconcini cheese balls, and fresh basil. Ok, maybe 4 ingredients if you include the balsamic reduction or vinegar for dipping!

a top down view of the ingredients for caprese skewers: a grey bowl filled with mini bocconcini balls, a white bowl filled with grape tomatoes and a brown paper bag filled with fresh basil

Heart Shaped Food For Valentine’s Day! Yes.

But the real star of the show are the heart shaped tomatoes. I love heart shaped food for Valentine’s day…like pizza and pie…but I don’t want anything complicated either. If I’m going to make something, it has to be cute and easy. Easy is key.

a top down view of a wooden cutting board with twenty four caprese skewers. the tomatoes are cut and shaped into hearts. the skewers are lined up in a circle on the board

Easy and SO Love-ly

These Caprese Skewers are SO easy to make, I promise. All you have to do is cut grape tomatoes on an angle, turn one half upside down and match them up again in the shape of a heart…so simple. And absolutely adorable.

a top down view of a woman's hands cutting a grape tomato in half. off to the side is a bowl of grape tomatoes, a bowl of bocconcini and a bunch of basil leaves
a top down view of a woman's hands shaping a cut grape tomato into a heart. off to the side is a bowl of grape tomatoes, a bowl of bocconcini and a bunch of basil leaves

Seriously, how cute are these?

a top down view of half of a wooden cutting board with eleven caprese skewers. the tomatoes are cut and shaped into hearts

A Perfect Appetizer for Valentine’s Day

These mini skewers are a perfect addition to a Valentine’s Day appetizer table, or as a light appetizer before dinner. Serve them a balsamic reduction or simple balsamic vinegar, baguette slices and a delicious glass of red wine or your favourite drink.

a top down view of a wooden cutting board with twenty one caprese skewers. the tomatoes are cut and shaped into hearts. the skewers are lined up in a circle on the board. off to the side is a white plate with three skewers and a small bowl of balsamic reduction, a glass of red wine, a pink polka dot towel, a baguette and slices of baguette
a top down view of a white plate with four caprese skewers drizzled with a balsamic reduction
a side view of a wooden cutting board filled with caprese skewers. in the background is a white plate with three skewers and a small bowl of balsamic reduction, a glass of red wine, a pink polka dot towel, a baguette and slices of baguette
a side view of a wooden cutting board filled with caprese skewers. in the background is a white plate with three skewers and a small bowl of balsamic reduction, a glass of red wine, a pink polka dot towel, a baguette and slices of baguette

Caprese in Every Bite

To give you a bite of basil, cheese and tomato every time, line the skewers like this: basil, bocconcini, tomato heart, bocconcini, then basil. Two bites of caprese on every skewer!

a top down view of half of a wooden cutting board with eight caprese skewers. the tomatoes are cut and shaped into hearts

Recipe Tips:

  • Tomatoes: Use grape tomatoes (cherry tomatoes) that are more long than wide…the longer tomatoes will give you better heart shapes.
  • Making the Heart Shapes: You may find that after you cut your tomatoes they may not line up nicely as a heart, so feel free to mix and match the pieces to make nice hearts.
  • Bocconcini: Use mini bocconcini balls (mini fresh mozzarella ball) for these skewers.
  • Skewers: Use mini wooden skewers (toothpicks), about 4 inches long. Bamboo appetizer picks look nice too.
  • Assembly: basil-bocconcini-heart tomato-bocconcini-basil
  • Balsamic: These are delicious served with a balsamic glaze reduction or even just balsamic vinegar and olive oil. When I serve these I just buy a pre-made reduction…they’re easy and delicious!
  • Flavour options: Feel free to season these with salt and fresh ground pepper.
  • Serve with baguette slices…they’re excellent dipped in balsamic too!
  • Make Ahead: You can make these skewers a few hours ahead of time…not too long or the basil will brown. Just keep them covered, and in the fridge.
  • Presentation: Arrange the skewers on a serving platter, charcuterie board or large plate.
a top down view of a white plate with four caprese skewers drizzled with a balsamic reduction
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Valentine’s Caprese Skewers

Make these adorable and delicious Heart Shaped Valentine’s Caprese Skewers for Valentine’s Day! Sliced grape tomatoes shaped into hearts are the star of this easy appetizer.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 24 skewers 1x
  • Category: Appetizer

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups grape tomatoes (longer ones are best)
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups mini bocconcini cheese balls
  • balsamic vinegar reduction
  • toothpicks

Instructions

  1. Cut a grape tomato on an angle.
  2. Turn one half of the tomato upside down and match it up with the other to make a heart shape (see tips).
  3. Take a toothpick and skewer a piece of basil, then a bocconcini ball, then the tomato heart, then another bocconcini ball, then another piece of basil.
  4. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction (or balsamic vinegar), and enjoy!

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