Fresh Mozzarella just can't be beat!

As my mother's wedding day nears, I've been experimenting with various appetizers. The goal is to find some quick and easy apps that are still tasty. First, I practiced my deviled egg making skills. Then I moved on to a simple but elegant looking dessert: tuxedo cupcakes. Now, it's time for an excellent finger food: cheese and crackers!

Now I'm not just talking about cutting up a few slices of cheese and putting them on crackers, but ways to dress up that old routine! My favorite: fresh mozzarella, tomato slices, a little balsamic vinegar, and buttercrisp crackers. Garnish with some basil and you're set!

1-2 roma tomatoes
8 oz fresh mozzarella
basil leaves, fresh
balsamic vinegar (preferably thick and syrup-like in style)
20 Keebler Toasteds Buttercrisp crackers (or French bread, sliced)

Wash and cut the roma tomatoes into thin slices. Slice the mozzarella in thin circles or cut it into 8ths and then slice (this way they're the size of the cracker).
Take the crackers and lay them on a serving tray (or plate). Place the mozzarella on the cracker followed by the tomato. Lightly sprinkle some balsamic vinegar across the crackers and garnish with the basil leaves.

This treat only takes a few minutes to make, but looks amazing and tastes even better! Plus, on hot summer days, it's great not to have to turn on the oven to make something wonderful.

*Note: if you choose the bread method, brush each slice of bread with a little bit of olive oil before putting on the tomatoes and cheese. These can also be broiled until the cheese melts to make mini Italian style pizzas. Very tasty!

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