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Caprese Pesto Crostini

Perfect party food appetizers packed full of bright and fresh flavors!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Christmas, Game Day, Holiday, Vegetarian
Servings: 36 crostini
Calories: 76kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes (one pint)
  • 8 ounces pearlini mozzarella (or fresh mozzarella cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 baguette
  • 1 1/2 cups basil pesto (see recipe in notes)
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese optional, for garnishing
  • balsamic glaze optional, for garnishing

Instructions

  • Cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Place in a small bowl with the pearlini mozzarella. Drizzle with olive oil and add the dried basil. Stir to combine and set aside to marinate.
  • Cut the baguette into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices. Bake them as per instructions for How to Make Crostini at the bottom of this recipe.
  • While the crostini are cooking, make the pesto if it is not already done. Set aside.
  • Let the crostini cool before topping so that the sauce does not melt into the bread.
  • Spread 1-2 Tablespoons of pesto on top of each slice (the amount will vary depending on the shape and size of the bread). Add some of the marinated tomatoes and mozzarella to cover most of the top. Repeat with all bread slices.
  • Sprinkle with fresh Parmesan cheese, leftover chopped fresh basil, or balsamic glaze. Serve immediately.

Notes

Learn how to make crostini here!
Get our recipe for Basil Pesto here!
You can use any tomatoes and cut into bite sized pieces.
These would be great with a drizzle of balsamic glaze on top! Get the recipe for balsamic glaze here!
To ensure a truly vegetarian dish, use vegetarian cheeses.

Nutrition

Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg