This is seriously the PERFECT thing to bring when you get invited to some sweet friend's house and you tell them you'll bring something but have no idea (or time or energy) what so ever that you are going to throw together. This is certainly not a new concept but a good reminder that, especially in the summer, it's best to keep it simple.
If you want to make things just a little more festive, garnish the plate randomly with some edible flowers. You'l be famous.
1 lb bocconcini (small fresh mozzarella balls), drained
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
basil, minced plus some whole leaf for garnish
2 cloves garlic, minced
freshly ground black pepper
chili flakes (optional)
edible flowers (optional)
In a small bowl, toss the bocconcini with some basil, the garlic, a splash or two of olive oil and season with salt, pepper and chili flakes if using. Taste one or three to be sure you've seasoned things properly.
In another bowl, add a couple of tablespoons of balsamic and mix in the tomatoes. Season with some salt and pepper, taking care not to over do things.
Lay a few whole basil leaves out on the serving plate you intent to use. Skewer one cheese ball and one tomato each onto a toothpick. Repeat until your are done. Lay them randomly and artfully on the plate, garnish with some edible flowers and serve cold.