Caprese Crostini

 

 Hello crostini…I have missed you.

Caprese Crostini with a Twist

 

It’s been a while since I have posted an appetizer recipe. And I wasn’t planning on publishing one today, but even the best made plans can be improved! If you saw my last post you know I had a pretty fantastic Fourth of July menu all set to go, but then I was walking through the grocery store doing my party shopping and saw this…

Caprese Crostini with a Twist

Yup, that is some freshly made Mozzarella happening! So ‘Caprese Crostini With a Twist’ was added to the menu. I love Crostini because it is very little work and requires no refreshing, hovering or fussing over, simply set it out and party guests just dish it up whenever they want.

“Caprese” salad originated on the island of Capri in Italy and is traditionally served with balsamic vinegar. Mine has a bit of a twist, I use the best white balsamic on the planet! It’s called Prelibato (affiliate link), and if you are wary of buying it because you don’t know how else you will use, don’t be! I use it in so many recipes (all posted below). This vinegar is so good you will want to drink it straight out of the bottle.

Caprese Crostini with a Twist

This recipe also calls for a basil ‘chiffonade’, which is an easy knife skill to acquire. Just stack a few basil leaves, roll nice and tight and then slice!

Caprese Crostini with a Twist

 

You may be wondering why I am not calling this a Bruschetta. Crostini and bruschetta are very similar. As far as I have been able to research the only difference is the size of the bread used. Smaller baguettes and thinner slices are used for crostini while bigger baguettes and thicker slices are used for bruschetta.

Caprese Crostini with a Twist

 The Recipe: Caprese Crostini with a Twist

Tips and what you will need: Be sure to buy a baguette with a small circumference, slice thinly and bake till quite crispy. You will need sea salt (my favorite) and white balsamic, Prelibato is the best! (affiliate links)

5 from 2 votes
Creprese Crostini with a Twist
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
You can make this recipe with any tomato. I made it with 4 small yellow, 4 small orange and 4 small red tomatoes, but cherry tomatoes, heirloom etc...work well too!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy appetizer recipe, party recipe
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 12 small tomatoes see summary above diced small and set on paper towels to soak up extra liquid
  • 16 leaves basil chiffonade
  • 1/3 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil plus more for brushing bread
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • juice of one lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons white balsamic
  • 6 oz freshly made mozzarella preferably buffalo
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 1 baguette thinly sliced, brushed with olive oil and baked till crispy
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 and place rack in upper third of oven
  2. Thinly slice baguette, place slices on a cookie sheet, brush with olive oil and bake till crispy
  3. Place diced tomatoes on paper towels to absorb extra liquid and then place in bowl
  4. Chiffonade basil and add to tomatoes
  5. Pull apart cheese adding small clumps to tomatoes, sprinkle liberally with sea salt and freshly ground pepper, toss
  6. Combine olive oil, lemon juice, white balsamic and minced garlic and whisk
  7. Pour over tomatoes, toss and serve alone on spoon on to crostini bread!

 

More Recipes using Prelibato White Balsamic

Watermelon, Mint and feta Salad

Greens with Watermelon and Strawberries

Greens with Roasted Beets

Spinach Salad with Roasted Carrots

Chopped Salad with Apple Vinaigrette 

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9 thoughts on “Caprese Crostini

  1. Can’t wait to make this recipe.. and will try again to find the white balsamic locally. Cost prohibitive to get it over the border.. I do have an exquisite dark syrupy balsamic that I was gifted — so good one can drink it from the bottle… Not that I would (lol).
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration!! Lots of basil..
    How can one go wrong?

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