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Grilled Caprese Bruschetta

  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 16

If you love bruschetta and caprese, meet your new favorite appetizer! Mozzarella, fresh basil and tomato top freshly made French bread slices that are grilled to smoky perfection. MORE + LESS -

TBSP Susan
April 19, 2017

Ingredients

1
can (11 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crusty French loaf
16
slices fresh mozzarella cheese
16
thinly sliced tomato slices
Fresh basil leaves
Salt and pepper or garlic pepper
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar

Steps

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  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake bread according to package directions and allow to cool before slicing. (This step can be done ahead of time.)
  • 2
    Cut bread, cheese, and tomatoes into 16 slices each. Select 16 basil leaves; remove stems. Set all ingredients aside.
  • 3
    Brush olive oil lightly over both sides of each bread slice. Preheat grill to medium-high heat and place bread slices on grill, baking each side until light grill marks appear (about 2 minutes per side).
  • 4
    Reduce grill heat to low (or turn grill off). On each bread slice, place a slice of cheese, basil leaf and tomato slice. When all are assembled, sprinkle with seasoning (salt and pepper or garlic pepper), then drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Close grill lid and heat appetizers until cheese begins to melt. Remove from grill and serve immediately.

Expert Tips

  • To melt cheese in Step 4 without further grilling the bread, heat the side of the grill you're not using for the appetizers so you retain heat without flames directly under the bruschetta slices.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
108.1
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8.7g
13%
Saturated Fat
4.6g
23%
Cholesterol
25.2mg
8%
Sodium
231.8mg
10%
Potassium
59.4mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
1.4g
0%
Dietary Fiber
0.2g
1%
Sugars
0.7g
Protein
6.3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
3.40%
3%
Calcium
16.50%
16%
Iron
0.70%
1%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Bruschetta is an appetizer home run. Upscale and a total yum blend of Italian palate pleasers, it's a perfect opening act. When my gal pals and I get together for appetizers-for-dinner happy hour and it's my turn to choose, I always go for bruschetta. My other restaurant fave is caprese anything. Caprese salad, caprese pasta, caprese whatever. So I got to thinking ... caprese is basically an un-chopped-up version of bruschetta topping -- tomato, basil and cheese. So ... why not caprese bruschetta? And since it's still grill weather, why not Grilled Caprese Bruschetta? Turns out, the amazing taste really masks how easy these are to prep and pop on the grill. Minutes, tops. Sooo easy. Start by baking a loaf of Pillsbury Simply®...Rustic French Bread, then layer on the toppings. And the result is an indescribable crunch and "Mmmmm" moment all at once. These don't last but a few minutes. Nobody can eat just one. So have your serving platter and a cattle call ready when you take them off the grill. If you're dining alfresco, these bambinos are the perf warm-up act to any dinner. Fact is, it won't matter what you feed folks after this. They'll still be in heaven and won't even notice.
  • If you love bruschetta like I do, you'll want to try every bruschetta recipe out there. So, here are a few versions to get you going.

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