I don't know about you, but my summer calendar seems to stay filled with picnics, backyard barbecues, and even a pool party or two. Those occasions usually require that I bring an appetizer or finger food, so I've mastered the easiest appetizer ever for summer gatherings. Now, I'm sharing it with you.

If you have your own garden, this appetizer will be a real breeze! Your little tomato plants are probably churning out more than you can possibly eat, and basil plants are at peak production right about now. We're going to put those to good use in this 4-ingredient summer snack.

Ingredients25 cherry tomatoes25 mozzarella pearls, such as Bel Gioioso3 basil leavesBalsamic drizzle or glaze, such as Gia Russa

Preparation1. Halve tomatoes. Pierce the top of a tomato half with a toothpick. Pierce a piece of cheese. Slide another tomato half onto the toothpick. Arrange on a platter.

2. Chiffonade basil leaves. Sprinkle basil over tomato-mozzarella skewers. Drizzle with balsamic glaze (not pictured above) just before serving.

Note: If you can't find mozzarella pearls, you can just slice a mozzarella ball into bite-sized pieces.

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