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Steak Caprese Appetizers

Grilled Steak Caprese Appetizers are a quick and easy start to any meal or a great addition to any holiday get together for weekend cookout. Italian seasoned steak bites with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil.

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If you are looking for more hearty appetizers, these Steak and Cheese Bites and Cheddar Stuffed Meatballs are great for any gathering. 

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Ingredients Needed:

  • Strip Steak or Sirloin Steak
  • Olive Oil
  • Brown Sugar
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Onion Powder
  • Dried Basil
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Thyme
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper

platter of steak caprese bites

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How to Grill Steak Caprese Appetizers:

Italian steak seasoning collage

  • Mix the brown sugar with the garlic, onion, basil, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper. 

collage steak slices and seasoning with dry rub for grilling

  • Slice steak into 2 inch pieces. 
  • Place steak in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Add dry rub and toss to coat.
  • Prepare a grill fire with pecan or hickory.

grape tomatoes and steak bites on grill

  • Place steak bites on the grill with tomatoes over indirect fire.
  • Cook with the grill closed about 4 minutes.

closeup of steak bites on grill

  • Remove the tomatoes and flip the steak bites.
  • Continue to cook the steak bites until they reach desired doneness using a digital meat thermometer. We pulled ours at 135°.

basil, grilled steak bites, grape tomatoes, mozzarella pearls

Internal Temperature for Steak Appetizers:

  • Rare:  130°
  • Medium Rare: 140°
  • Medium: 155°

platter of steak appetizers with tomato and mozzarella

  • Thread tomatoes, mozzarella pearls and steak bites onto appetizer picks.
  • Garnish with fresh basil and serve immediately.

How to Store and Reheat:

  • Store steak bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, remove steak from skewers and heat in an olive oil coated skillet over medium heat for 2 – 3 minutes per side.

platter of steak caprese appetizers, glass of wine, appetizer plate with 2 appetizers

Steak bites are a budget friendly way to serve an expensive cut of steak for a crowd. This recipe uses a little over a pound of steak and makes 28- 30 appetizers. We used strip steaks, sirloin is also a good option. We generally just go with the best deal we can find at the grocery store.

More Holiday Appetizers to Try:

  • Grilled Cranberry Meatballs are ground beef meatballs tossed in a simple homemade cranberry bbq sauce. A hit for any party and easy to make ahead.
  • Honey Garlic Shrimp is a surefire favorite to serve for any gathering. Grilled shrimp tossed in a quick honey garlic sauce.
  • BBQ Steak Bites are grilled steak chunks with mushrooms and sweet bbq sauce.
  • Grilled Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms are a classic appetizer made easily on the grill and everyone will love the added smokiness.

platter of Caprese Steak Bites

Add these Steak Caprese Appetizers to your next cookout or family gathering. They cook up really quick and are a hearty appetizer that will disappear in a flash!

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steak caprese appetizers
Yield: 28 appetizers

Steak Caprese Appetizers

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Grilled Steak Caprese Appetizers are a quick and easy start to any meal or a great addition to any holiday get together for weekend cookout. Italian seasoned steak bites with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/4 pounds strip steak, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces grape tomatoes
  • 6 ounces mozzarella pearls
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Prepare a grill fire to 400° using pecan or hickory for smoke flavor.
  2. Mix the brown sugar with the garlic, onion, basil, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper. 
  3. Place steak in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Add dry rub and toss to coat.
  5. Place steak bites on the grill with tomatoes over indirect fire.
  6. Cook with the grill closed about 4 minutes.
  7. Remove the tomatoes and flip the steak bites.
  8. Continue to cook the steak bites until they reach desired doneness. We pulled ours at 135°.
  9. Thread tomatoes, mozzarella pearls and steak bites onto appetizer picks.
  10. Garnish with fresh basil and serve immediately.

Notes

Internal Temperature for Steak Appetizers:

  • Rare:  130°
  • Medium Rare: 140°
  • Medium: 155°

How to Store and Reheat:

  • Store steak bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, remove steak from skewers and heat in an olive oil coated skillet over medium heat for 2 - 3 minutes per side.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

28

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 94mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g

Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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