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Try these cherry tomato skewers from our Grill Every Day cookbook for a quick and colorful side dish.  Delicious and easy, great for mid-summer grilling.  Be sure to grill over direct heat for only a minute so the basil leaves don’t scorch.  For a fun party appetizer serve them at room temperature with a tiny ball of fresh mozzarella threaded onto the end of each one.

Cherry Tomatoes Basil Skewers

Cherry Tomato Skewers with Fresh Basil

{serves 4}

8 7-inch bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 15 minutes, then drained

40 Cherry tomatoes (about 1 pint)

32 Large fresh basil leaves

3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher or sea salt

Freshly ground pepper


Immerse the skewers before lighting the grill, so they have plenty of time to soak.  Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill on medium-high.

To assemble the skewers, thread 5 tomatoes onto each skewer, placing a basil leaf, folded in half crosswise, between the tomatoes.  Arrange the skewers in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and brush the tomatoes generously on all sides with the olive oil.

To create a cool zone, bank the coals to one side of the grill or turn off one of the burners.  Oil the grill grate.  Place the skewers directly over the medium-hot fire and grill, turning once, until light grill marks appear on both sides, about 30 seconds per side.  Move the skewers to the cooler part of the grill, cover, and grill until the tomatoes are hot but the skin hasn’t blistered, 1 to 2 minutes longer.

Transfer the skewers to a serving platter and season with salt and pepper.  Serve warm or at room temperature.


About the photographer: EJ Armstrong is the chief art and cookie addict at the Black Building. She has thirty years of experience in the visual world, making her the lead nagger, design junky and advice columnist. You can find her on Instagram @avisualist or see more of her photography here.

Posted By: EJ
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