Roast Tomato Caprese Crostini

Author: Canadian Living

This miniaturized cooked version of the summer classic is rich in flavour and vibrant in colour. Look for bocconcini, buffalo mozzarella or fresh mozzarella cheese in sealed bags or tubs of water at deli counters.

  • Portion size 24 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Holiday Cookbook: Fall 2009

Ingredients

  • 2 cups halved grape tomatoes
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 5 oz large bocconcini cheese
  • 5 oz large fresh mozzarella
  • 5 oz large buffalo mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup prepared basil pesto
  • 4 teaspoons thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 4 teaspoons thinly sliced fresh chives
Crostini:
  • 24 slices focaccia bread
  • 24 slices baguettes
  • 24 slices crusty Italian bread

Method

In bowl, toss together tomatoes, oil, salt, pepper and dried basil. Roast on parchment paper–lined baking sheet in 400°F (200°C) oven, stirring once, until shrivelled, about 40 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool; refrigerate in airtight container for up to 24 hours. Let stand at room temperature for about 20 minutes before proceeding.)

Crostini: On baking sheet, broil focaccia, turning once, until golden, about 2 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool; store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.)

Cut bocconcini cheese into 24 thin slices; pat cheese dry. Spread each crostini with 1/2 tsp (2 mL) pesto; top with cheese. Spoon tomatoes evenly over top.

Bake in 425°F (220°C) oven until cheese is slightly melted, about 6 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh basil; serve warm.

Nutritional facts Per piece: about

  • Sodium 132 mg
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 53.0
  • Total fat 3 g
  • Potassium 40 mg
  • Cholesterol 5 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 5 g

%RDI

  • Iron 3.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 4.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 4.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 3.0
  • Vitamin C 3.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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