For Eva and Marie’s 1st birthday party, I did a Tinkerbell themed party. One of the dishes I created was a bocconcini toadstool. The recipe is really easy, and delicious.
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp sugar
1 container of bocconcini
1 container of tomatoes (I used smaller tomatoes from an ‘ensemble’)
reduced balsamic vinegar (optional)
First you want to make a balsamic vinegar sauce. Pour 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar into a bowl. Add olive oil, basil and sugar to balsamic vinegar. Let the vinegar sit to soften the basil until you have finished making the toadstools.
In a small tray with a lip, lay the spinach leaves on the bottom. Drain the liquid from the bocconcini balls. Slice tomatoes in half. The ‘ensemble package’ I chose had a variety of colors and sizes of tomatoes, which I found added a unique touch to the toadstools. Once you have sliced the tomatoes, sprinkle some dried basil on the cut side. Take the toothpick and slide the tomato on first, followed by the bocconcini ball. Now you have your toadstool. I have some reduced balsamic vinegar in my house which I dotted on top of the tomato to make little spots on the toadstools.
Pour the balsamic vinegar over the spinach leaves and then put the toadstools on top of the spinach. There should be enough sauce in the bottom for the bocconcini to sit in, but not be more than half the bocconcini. If the bocconcini doesn’t stand well, you can cut a tiny bit off the bottom to make it flat.
Hope you enjoy!