Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tortellini Skewers with Pesto Dipping Sauce

Here is a really delicious and fast appetizer that you can make way before your guests arrive! I found this idea online and put my own spin on it but you can throw whatever you have on hand on these skewers.

If you're using them for an appetizer before a main course I would stick to 2 skewers per person. You can also use these on a buffet table, in which case I would allow more than 2 per person. These would be great for a kid's birthday, holiday party, or pot luck.

The skewers were so good and the combination of the tortellini, tomato, and pesto made it like a fun pasta salad on a stick. The only thing I would add is a spoon to the dip. That way people can spoon the pesto over the skewers instead of double dipping.

Tortellini Skewers with Pesto Dipping Sauce
Recipe by R Williams - Williams Kitchen

Makes 8 Skewers

24 cheese tortellini, cooked to al dente
16 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tbsp garlic flavored olive oil or regular olive oil

Williams' Pesto (Photo's)
2 cups clean, dry basil
2 garlic cloves
1/3 cup fresh grated good Parmesan
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1/4 cup olive oil

Make the Pesto:
Throw everything in the food processor and chop for a few minutes. Pour in 1/4 cup of good olive oil. Process until thoroughly combined.

After tortellini is cooked, toss in flavored olive oil. Then alternate tortellini and tomatoes so that there are 3 tortellini's and 2 tomato halves on each skewer. Serve at room temp or chilled.

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