Grilled Caprese Ciabatta

    30 min

    A simple homemade pesto is spread on sliced ciabatta, then topped with sliced tomato and mozzarella, before being grilled to perfection. Serve as finger food or an appetiser.

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    Makes: 16 slices

    • 125g fresh basil leaves
    • 125ml olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
    • 4 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
    • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    • 450g ciabatta bread
    • 3 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
    • 225g mozzarella cheese, sliced

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. In a liquidiser or food processor, puree the basil leaves, olive oil and garlic. Mix in the pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. Continue processing until desired consistency is reached.
    2. Preheat the grill.
    3. Slice ciabatta to desired thickness. Spread a layer of pesto on each slice. Top with plum tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
    4. Place topped bread slices in a single layer on a large baking tray. Grill for 5 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.

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    Yummy, I used a baguette. I would have given it 5 stars if you instructed to lightly toast the bread first. (The pesto/tomatoes make it soggy. Pesto was fantastic, I used basil and parsley mixed and added a little salt and pepper. I have plenty pesto left over for tomorrows dinner which I will toss with pasta and shrimp alfredo. FYI - pine nuts are also called pignoli nuts and you can find them near your olives, pickles etc. or in your pasta sauce section in your supermarket. I toasted in small non skillet by itself for a minute or two.  -  15 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These are so freaken good! My husband and kids love these so much that I have to double the batch each time I make them. I agree with the last review, you can get away with less olive oil.  -  23 Aug 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Awesome! My fiance doesn't prefer basil but loves this! Always the first to go at parties! Use fresh moz and makes a difference! Also, use baguette slices lightly toasted on both sides to avoid soggines. Watch pines nutss , as they burn very easily!Thanks for the great recipe!  -  08 Oct 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)