Caprese Crostini (Canapés) Recipe

Caprese Crostini are an easy and tasty appetizer to serve at parties. They only take about 10 minutes to assemble, but they look fancy and taste great.

I love caprese salad so I thought, why not put it on a piece of crusty bread and make canapés? These went quickly between my hubby and I. Of course my son loved them too, there is, after all, melted cheese on top.

Caprese crostini are an easy and tasty appetizer to serve at parties. They only take about 10 minutes to assemble, but they look fancy and taste great. The marinated basil topping makes this taste like authentic caprese salad.

Ingredients for Caprese Crostini:

1 long baguette, sliced into 1/2″ thick rings
Olive oil, to brush the baguette
2-3 roma tomatoes, sliced into 1/4″ thick rings
8 oz Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into 1/4″ thick slices (buy cheese the width of your baguette)
Fresh basil, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper, to taste

Caprese Crostini (Canapes)

How To Make Caprese Crostini (Canapés):

1. Slice bread and brush both sides lightly with extra virgin olive oil. Bake 5 minutes at 350˚F to lightly toast it (toasting the bread keeps the bread from getting moist from the cheese).

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2. Top with a slice of mozzarella then sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Add a slice of tomato and sprinkle the tops with salt and pepper again. Did I mention these are homegrown tomatoes? So so good! Bake at 350˚F for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is lightly melted.

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3. A few minutes before the crostini are finished baking, in a small ramekin, mix together 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar and 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil until well combined. Toss in the sliced fresh basil and stir gently. Top each crostini with the marinated basil.

Caprese Crostini (Canapes)-3Caprese Crostini (Canapes)-4Caprese Crostini are an easy and tasty appetizer to serve at parties. They only take about 10 minutes to assemble, but they look fancy and taste great.

Caprese Crostini (Canapes)

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Caprese Crostini are an easy and tasty appetizer to serve at parties. They only take about 10 minutes to assemble, but they look fancy and taste great.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $7

Ingredients

  • 1 long baguette sliced into 1/2" thick rings
  • Olive oil to brush the baguette
  • 2-3 roma tomatoes sliced into 1/4" thick rings
  • Fresh mozarella cheese sliced into 1/4" thick (buy cheese the width of your baguette)
  • Fresh basil thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Slice bread and brush both sides lightly with extra virgin olive oil. Bake 5 minutes at 350˚F to lightly toast it (toasting the bread keeps the bread from getting moist from the cheese).
  2. Top with a slice of mozzarella and a slice of tomato. Sprinkle the tops with salt and pepper and bake at 350˚F for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  3. A few minutes before the crostini are finished baking, in a small ramekin, mix together 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar and 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil until well combined. Toss in the sliced fresh basil and stir gently. Top each crostini with the marinated basil.

Final Final Picmonkey Hashtag bannerCaprese Crostini are an easy and tasty appetizer to serve at parties. They only take about 10 minutes to assemble, but they look fancy and taste great.

Do you have a go-to, quick and easy party appetizer?

 

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  • masha
    March 4, 2016

    Can you eat them a few hrs after? if they’re cold? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 4, 2016

      Hi Masha, you could – I mean they will still be edible but they are best fresh. These are the best for making ahead but if you do, don’t drizzle on the syrup until ready to serve so the bread doesn’t get soggy. Reply

  • Rizzalie
    August 18, 2015

    thanks for those easy canapés ! I love it and my teachers love it too ☺ I use them tho, and I got higher grades !!👍👍👍 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 18, 2015

      Rizzalie, thank you for the great review and you are welcome :D. Reply

  • Viktoriya
    November 24, 2014

    Soooooooo gooooood! I made them as appetizers for a potluck and suddenly started wondering if I should share so kindly with everyone….whew! Somehow, I did share… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 24, 2014

      😉 I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks Viktoriya! Reply

  • Anca
    July 11, 2014

    They were so good..Thank you for the wonderful recipes! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 11, 2014

      I’m so happy you enjoyed them!! Thank you for the great review 🙂 Reply

  • July 10, 2014

    I love caprese anything, these are perfect for summer entertaining! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 11, 2014

      Thank you Laura! Me too! I crave caprese anything this time of year with all the fresh tomatoes coming from my Mom’s house 🙂 Reply

  • These look great! I have been eating my tomato basil salad non stop)) You know, trying to enjoy my basil before it dies lol Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 10, 2014

      How is your basil doing? 🙂 It’s nice to have basil at home, isn’t it? Reply

  • Well, these would last about 5 minutes around here! Even less if my husband were home…tee hee. Jk I would never eat an entire baguette alone! Fine, only when in France. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 9, 2014

      The last time we made them, we only made half of the amount and my hubby, son and I downed them all! 🙂 Reply

  • Norma | Allspice and nutmeg
    July 9, 2014

    I love the idea of these little canapés. My hubs and I would devour them in seconds. Beautiful. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 9, 2014

      Thank you Norma, that’s exactly what happened :). Reply

  • July 8, 2014

    Yummm! These look delicious! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 8, 2014

      Thanks so much Olga 🙂 Reply

  • July 8, 2014

    I just came on your site today looking for appetizer ideas 😉 These look beautiful, and I’m sure they taste just as good! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 8, 2014

      Thanks Olviya! They are quite a treat! Are you throwing a party? Reply

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