The "recipe" for this Italian sandwich-on-a-stick is so simple, you'll make it once and remember it forever. All you need are cherry tomatoes, baby mozzarella (aka bocconcini), olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, basil leaves and a fistful of toothpicks.

Serves many

  • Ripe cherry tomatoes
  • Baby mozzarella (bocconcini) or regular mozzarella chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • Fresh basil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Have a bowl of ripe cherry tomatoes at the ready. Oh, and a bowl of baby mozzarella (bocconcini) or just regular mozzarella chopped into bite-sized pieces, bathed in some extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, and a crushed clove of garlic. Some nice fresh basil leaves, too. And a small bowl of mixed sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Some sticks. You do the math.

From Leon: Family & Friends (Conran Octopus) by Kay Plunkett-Hogge and John Vincent.

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