Tomato Pesto Caprese Bites

by jerseygirl on January 13, 2014 · 20 comments

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Who’s ready for some football?

While I am a Giants fan and the rest of my family are Eagles fans (shhhh….don’t tell anybody), none of us will be cheering for our favorite team in the Superbowl.  But that doesn’t mean football is over. We still have some good games to watch and great food to eat.

Come game time this weekend, my husband and son will have all eyes on the TV while I am gearing up in the kitchen. Luckily with my new kitchen, I can have one eye on the appetizers I am making and the other eye on the game. We will also be at a fun party for the Superbowl and these are the appetizers I will be sharing.

You probably already know that I love appetizers.  I especially love them when they can be eaten in little bites. These Tomato Pesto Caprese Bites are the perfect thing to have at your game day party. They are light, fresh and so easy to make. They are the closest thing to a bite of summer especially if you love tomatoes as much as I do.

These little bites only take a few minutes to pull together so they can be made right before needed. I am never embarrassed to use store bought pesto sauce especially not in the winter.

I am excited for the big game. Are you? For this post I got together with some other cool bloggers. Check out some of their recipes below too!

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Tomato Pesto Caprese Bites
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Recipe type: appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 8
 
These tomato bites are easy to make and a nice light appetizer.
Ingredients
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes (about 24 to 26),
  • 4 to 6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut in cubes
  • 2 TBS prepared pesto sauce
  • 24 toothpicks
  • balsamic drizzle for garnish
Instructions
  1. Cut grape tomatoes in half the long way.
  2. Cube the mozzarella cheese into bite size pieces to fit in the center of the tomatoes.
  3. Put the cheese in a bowl and mix with the pesto sauce.
  4. Thread a tomato half, one piece of cheese, and another tomato half onto the toothpicks. Place toothpicks in a shallow serving dish. Garnish the plate with the balsamic drizzle.
Notes
Balsamic drizzle or syrup can be bought in specialty stores but you can also make your own by taking a ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar and cooking it down until thick and syrupy.

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Colleen (Souffle Bombay) January 13, 2014 at 12:33 pm

YUM! I love it when these turn up at a party – I feel a little better about balancing my app intake that way, lol! These look scrumptious!

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Shaina January 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Yum, love this twist on the caprese salad! Oh and btw … I’m with the rest of your family – Eagles!

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Cindy January 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm

I could easily pop about 20 of these into my mouth right now. They look delicious!

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Renee January 13, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Wow! How fun are those? I love to make pesto and nothing says summer like tomatoes! I could use a bit of sun right now and these tasty bites would about just do it for me! Thanks for sharing! Yum!

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Mary Kay January 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

My favorite! And bite size with pesto – even better!

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Lauryn January 13, 2014 at 1:39 pm

LOVE this! These are perfect for any time of the year. I can’t wait to try these at the next party!!

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Heather M January 13, 2014 at 3:19 pm

LOVE! Such a great idea and way to change up the classic Tomato Caprese. I cannot wait to try these.

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Kim January 13, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I’m a fan of ANYTHING on a stick. Great appetizer idea. Can’t wait to make this.

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Adri January 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm

What a wonderful appetizer!

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Joanne January 14, 2014 at 8:21 am

Set a platter of these down in front of the superbowl and even I might sit there and watch it! Yum!

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patsy January 14, 2014 at 9:31 am

It doesn’t matter who is playing when the food is tasty! I think many people watch the games just so that they can enjoy all the appetizers and snacks! These look too good to pass up!

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Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings January 14, 2014 at 10:25 am

YUM! a healthy addition to game day snacks but still delicious!

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ciaochowlinda January 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm

I have plenty of pesto in the freezer looking for a good home. I do love the way you’ve cut these in half.

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Danielle January 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm

These are gorgeous and look delicious!

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Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl January 15, 2014 at 1:51 am

Perfect appetizers, I’d take a few! ;)

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vanillasugarblog January 15, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Reminds me of summer.
Which I can’t wait for btw.

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Pam January 16, 2014 at 9:08 pm

What a perfect appetizer! They look terrific.

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Roz January 20, 2014 at 8:40 am

I can’t resist caprese recipes and love your presentation idea of individual bites! For a party of people watching the games, this is so much easier than needing a fork and knife! Love the drizzles of balsamic vinegar on the plate!

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Teri 2 The Freshman Cook January 25, 2014 at 9:11 pm

I love these any time of year! Perfect for Super Bowl! I am hosting a Super Bowl Eats and Treats Linky Party, and I would love if you would link your recipe up. You can link others as well, and as many as you like. They can be appetizers, desserts, crafts, party ideas, sandwiches, anything that says “Super Bowl” to you! We’d love to have you! http://www.thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2014/01/super-bowl-linky-party.html

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