These caprese crostini are made with Italian bread, mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, tomatoes and olive oil as desired.
Garlic bread has always been a staple at my house. I love to pair most Italian meals with bread on the side, but my favorite is making this caprese crostini as an appetizer. There is no such thing as carb overload in our house! Eating garlic bread or bread by itself is always delicious, but I decided to give bread a little makeover. This dish uses simple, fresh ingredients and it is always a crowd pleaser.
What you will need
- Bread: I chose to use a simple Italian bread although French bread or a baguette works just as well.
- Mozzarella cheese: You will need to use a fresh mozzarella, specifically mozzarella di bufala.
- Basil: Believe it or not, there are a ton of different types of basil, but the one we used for this recipe is the more popular, common basil called sweet basil. This basil is used in most Italian dishes, especially in pesto.
- Tomatoes: I used a red tomato on the vine for this recipe, although you can use Roma tomatoes or Campari tomatoes.
- Olive oil: I would use the best quality extra virgin olive oil for this.
How to make Caprese Crostini
Preheat the grill to medium-high heat or oven to 450°F.
Start by slicing the Italian bread. Pour olive oil into a small bowl and with a brush gently brush the olive oil onto each sliced piece of bread, on both sides. Grill on each side for 3 minutes on each side or bake in oven for 6-9 minutes.
Place the toasted crostini on a big plate. Layer first with basil, then sliced tomato, and finally the mozzarella. Add more olive oil, salt and pepper as desired.