Here’s a holiday appetizer that is festive, healthy and easy. With only 4 ingredients, this holiday wreath appetizer can be put together in minutes.
I’d personally improve on this recipe by choosing a whole wheat baguette to add fiber. Fiber helps us to feel full, as it takes longer to pass through our digestive system and keeps us regular, while providing pre-biotics, or food, to the millions of microbes that thrive naturally in our gut. Changing out the refined baguette for a whole wheat version also slows the release of sugar into our bloodstream, creating a more manageable insulin response by our bodies. For additional flavor, drizzle balsamic vinegar over the wreath just before serving; acetic acid, present in vinegar, when eaten with carbohydrates at a meal may help mute the insulin spike that happens as we break down sugars.Theresa Jackson RD, CSOWM, CDN
- 1/2 baguette loaf (6 oz) cut into 3/4″ slices
- 2 bunches fresh basil leaves (about 50 leaves)
- 1 pt cherry tomatoes
- 16 oz mozzarella balls
- Approximately 16–20 toothpicks
On a large round platter, arrange the baguette slices in a circle. Arrange the basil leaves on top of the baguette slices to cover the bread completely.
Thread a cherry tomato and a mozzarella ball on each toothpick, with the toothpick end sticking out on the cherry tomato side. Insert the threaded toothpicks through the basil leaves and into the bread slices, to cover the whole “wreath” circle.
Yield: 16 servings
Serving Size: approximately 1 baguette slice with 2 tomatoes and 1 mozzarella ball
* Nutritional information is based on ingredients listed and serving size; any additions or substitutions to ingredients may alter the recipe’s nutritional content
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