This is a fantastic dish to serve at the beginning of a long, Italian-style dinner party, or as a light lunchtime nibble. It’s a really simple recipe that can be adapted depending on what ingredients you’ve got to hand in your store-cupboard – you can swap the beef tomatoes for cherry, the mozzarella for cheddar and the chorizo for pepperoni.
- 1 large chorizo sausage
- 4 balls of buffalo mozzarella
- 4 beef tomatoes
- Handful of fresh basil leaves
- Salt and pepper
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Cocktail sticks
Remove the skin, if there is any, from the chorizo and finely slice it.
Slice the mozzarella into slices about half a cm thick.
Slice the beef tomatoes into slices about half a cm thick.
Pick the largest basil leaves you can find from the stalks and give them a quick wash to pep them up.
Beginning with the basil leaves, start to make towers in this order: basil leaf, tomato, mozzarella, chorizo. Poke a cocktail stick through the centre of the tower and place it on a greased baking tray.
Season the stack well and drizzle with olive oil.
Place under a hot grill until the mozzarella is just slightly melted.
Remove the cocktail stick to serve.