Today’s recipe is an easy to make appetizer. I brought these tortellini skewers to a party last week and they were a hit. For some reason, people love to eat food off of sticks. Did you ever notice that? Typically it is hard to get pasta on a stick (have you ever tried spaghetti?) but tortellini are very doable.
Now please don’t judge me because you see them served out of an aluminum tin. When you are at a soccer or baseball party with over a dozen sweaty boys, these tins are fancy. Believe me when I say that as I have had parties in my house with food served out of cardboard boxes. The boys don’t care about containers as they are more more worried about what’s inside the boxes. Or how fast you can swallow down a slice of pizza before going back to playing basketball or XBox.
If you really want to know the truth, I don’t think any of the boys ate a skewer. But the adults really liked them.
In this recipe, I used pesto tortellini from Trader Joe’s but any tortellini will do. The pesto sauce really gave everything good flavor. If you use too much, the skewers could be salty so I used only a small amount of pesto.
The variations on the skewers are endless. This is not the first time, I have made them. My Antipasto Skewers are a frequent visitor at summer parties too. You can put whatever you want on a stick. I am making them next week for book club but leaving out the pepperoni to make them vegetarian. They might also be more kid friendly if the pesto is left out. Be creative and look in your fridge and pantry. You’ll find endless ideas to serve on a skewer!
- 8 to 10 ounce package of fresh tortellini
- 8 ounces bocconcini (small fresh mozzarella balls)
- 2 TBS pesto sauce
- 24 small slices pepperoni
- 24 grape tomatoes
- Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain when cooked and rinse with cold water.
- In a medium size bowl, mix together the tortellini and mozzarella balls with pesto sauce. Stir gently so they don’t break apart.
- On small skewers, alternate tortellini, mozzarella balls wrapped in pepperoni and tomatoes. You will use 24 pieces of tortellini and mozzarella balls. There might be a few extra leftover.
- Makes 24 skewers.