Caprese with Pesto Bites will be your go to appetizer this summer with homemade pesto that comes together in a snap!
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Caprese with Pesto Bites

Caprese with Pesto Bites are easy to make and will become your go to appetizer!
Servings 24 bites
Author Deb A


  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • Mozzarella cheese do not use fresh-it falls apart when cut
  • 3-4 slices of Italian bread or some other rustic type bread
  • Olive oil for brushing on bread
  • 1 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts toast by placing in a hot pan and stir for 3-4 minutes
  • 1/4 cup romano cheese
  • 1 large clove of garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper if desired


  • Cut cherry tomatoes in half and set aside
  • Slice mozzarella cheese into 1/4" slices then cut into but 1" squares and set aside
  • 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
  • To make pesto, place basil and pine nuts in a food processor and process until chopped fine
  • Add romano cheese, garlic and cheese and process until mixed
  • With blade running, drizzle olive oil slowly until it is incorporated.
  • If desired, add salt and pepper to taste
  • To assemble, place about a 1/2 teaspoon of pesto on bread, top with mozzarella, cherry tomato and secure with toothpick
  • Serve immediately