Fire up the grill! These Grilled Caprese Crostini are a fun (and easy) summer appetizer!
What is the strangest thing you have in your closet? Is it an old sweatshirt that you stubbornly refuse to throw out? Or perhaps it’s that t-shirt from years ago that has become super soft thanks to 982 trips through the washing machine. Or perhaps it’s a moving box full of old comic books? What? Guys don’t need a ton of space in our closets, so I used the extra shelf up top to store my comic books. Surprisingly, the comic books are not the strangest thing in my closet. That honor belongs to the stuffed Tasmanian Devil that lives in the corner.
You see, Robbie has a zillion stuffed animals. He was slow getting on board the stuffed animal train, but once he learned how cool they are, the number of stuffed animals in his room multiplied exponentially. My sister sent him a gigantic moose this past Christmas, and he insists on sleeping with it in his bed. (The thing is bigger than he is, btw.) But one stuffed animal that’s not in his room? Tasmanian Devil.
Taz was actually one of my favorite stuffed animals growing up. It eventually landed in a box in the basement filled with childhood memorabilia. When Robbie was born, I pulled Taz out of retirement and put him in the corner along with Robbie’s other stuffed animals. Well, a couple of weeks ago, Robbie declared Taz to be scary. Ever since then, the Tasmanian Devil has been living in my closet. You know, in case he comes alive in the middle of the night.
I actually can’t fault Robbie here one bit. As a kid, I had a Little Red Riding Hood book with a super scary picture of the wolf inside. I wanted my parents to read me that book every night, but then I would sneak over to my sister’s room and hide it in her closet. That way if the wolf came alive and climbed out of the book in the middle of the night, it would get my sister first. So the whole Taz thing is kinda “like father, like son.” I love it!
Grilled Caprese Crostini
Another thing that I love? Grilling season! We seriously fire up the grill about 6 days a week during grilling season…7 if we’re lucky! (While you can technically grill in the winter, the thought of shoveling 2+ feet of snow and ice off my grill doesn’t jazz me up that much. Call me crazy.) These Grilled Caprese Crostini were a recent grilling creation, and I can assure you that these will be making an appearance again soon!
A Caprese Salad is a classic Italian recipe featuring fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil drizzled with olive oil and sometimes a bit of balsamic vinegar. I channeled those same flavors with this Grilled Caprese Crostini appetizer. Crusty bread brushed with olive oil and balsamic glaze. Fresh mozzarella that gets slightly melty on the grill. Cherry tomatoes and basil that gets piled on top once the crostini come off the grill. Easy and delicious!
If you’re looking for a fun appetizer that can be made on the grill, then this Grilled Caprese Crostini recipe is it! Truth be told, we actually ate these for dinner by themselves. The crostini are packed with flavor, and the whole thing can be prepared in just a few minutes. That leaves more time to play outside and enjoy the warm summer evenings! I hope you enjoy these crostini as much as we did. Cheers!
Did you make these Grilled Caprese Crostini at home? Leave a comment, or better yet snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Grilled Caprese Crostini
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes quartered
- ¼ cup fresh basil cut in chiffonade style
- 1 crusty baguette
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp balsamic glaze see note
- 1½ tsp kosher salt plus more for finishing
- ½ tsp black pepper plus more for finishing
- 8 oz. fresh mozzarella cut into thin slices
- Using a medium mixing bowl, add tomatoes and basil; toss until well combined. Set bowl aside.
- Preheat grill to medium-high (~375°F) heat.
- Slice baguette on the bias into 1” thick slices.
- Brush tops and bottoms of slices with olive oil.
- Brush tops of slices with balsamic glaze.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly on top of slices.
- Top each baguette slice with piece of mozzarella.
- Grill slices for 3-4 minutes, or until mozzarella has mostly melted.
- Remove slices from grill and top with tomato-basil mixture.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
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