Caprese Bites with Pesto!

Caprese Bites with Pesto!

Looking for a refreshing appetizer to serve your guests this Summer? These are great for any backyard BBQ or cocktail party you’re planning to host! SO yummy and easy to make!

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 4 oz. Mozzarella cheese (do not use fresh)
  • 4 slices rustic bread (i.e. Italian)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup romano cheese
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste if desired

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut cherry tomatoes in half and set aside
  2. Slice mozzarella cheese into 1/4″ slices then cut into but 1″ squares and set aside
  3. Brush both sides of bread with olive oil and crisp up by placing on a hot grill (watch and turn so they don’t burn – you just want to get some grill marks on both side) then cut into about 1 1/4″ squares and set aside
  4. To make pesto, place basil and pine nuts in a food processor and process until chopped fine
  5. Add romano cheese, garlic and cheese and process until mixed
  6. With blade running, drizzle olive oil slowly until it is incorporated.
  7. If desired, add salt and pepper to taste
  8. To assemble, place about a 1/2 teaspoon of pesto on bread, top with mozzarella, cherry tomato and secure with toothpick
  9. Serve immediately

*Recipe courtesy of Cookingonthefrontburners.com

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