Looking for a versatile, easy tartine recipe that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and for party appetizers? Try these delicious Pesto Caprese Tartines!
I've really loved developing recipes and doing food photography for Franzy Bakery this year. Yesterday, I shared a versatile, easy, yummy Creamy Avocado Pesto recipe that I created as the base for today's recipe: deliciously addictive Pesto Caprese Tartines.
Pesto Caprese Tartine Recipe
I made these three times before finalizing this tartine recipe and this is one dish that I think you are going to love to have for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and to serve as a party appetizer!
It really starts with selecting the right bread. This tartine recipe is pretty versatile in that it can go with a crunchy crostini for a classic touch, or switch it up and add some nutritious oomph to it by choosing a nutrition-packed sliced bread, like this Franz Bakery Organic Twenty Four Grains and Seeds bread.
The ingredient list is similar to a classic Caprese salad – basil, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese – but the creamy avocado pesto and bread base elevates this classic appetizer into a vibrant main course easily.
I love open-faced sandwiches because, quite frankly, I think they're so much easier to eat than sandwiches that take two hands. With tartines, you can have a tartine in one hand, glass of wine or beer in the other!
And, because you're having a full bread-plate of veggies, it's like having a fork-less salad. Win-win!
Not to mention that you can drizzle some olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the sandwich for a fork-and-knife tartine if you're feeling a little more sit-down civilized.
If you're doing the balsamic drizzle on top option, these are fabulous when cut into appetizer bite sizes and served at parties. Trust me: your guests will LOVE this dish!
While I serve this tartine recipe cold, you can also serve this dish heated, which allows the balsamic drizzle to caramelize the tomatoes and melt the cheese and it is oooohhhh soooo delicious as well. Just be sure not to leave them in the oven for too long; 5-7 minutes at 375 degrees is all you need!
Pesto Caprese Tartine Recipe
- Creamy Avocado Pesto Get the recipe on the blog here
- 6 slices of Franz Bakery Twenty Four Grains and Seeds bread
- 8 oz mozzarella cheese sliced thinly
- About 1-½ cups grape tomatoes quartered
- Optional: balsamic vinegar sliced basil leaves for garnish
- Spread desired amount of avocado pesto on one side of each slice of bread.
- Top each slice with mozzarella cheese slices.
- Sprinkle each with a small handful of the quartered grape tomatoes.
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: drizzle balsamic vinegar over each tartine and garnish with sliced basil leaves.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.
You basically had me at avocado pesto. YUM. Avocado bread -- especially like the bread you paired it with here from Franz-- is a favorite in my house!
Dr. Daisy says
Love how easy and delicious this recipe looks. This is something my teens can make for an afternoon snack or one that can easily be made for those unexpected guests that happen to pop in :) Thanks for sharing :)
Beach Loop says
This looks so delicious and refreshing for a summer meal. And easy to make, my favorite type of recipe.
This looks yummy and healthy!
This is one of my favourite lunch items!!! I have to try putting balsamic vinegar over top next time thats a great idea!
YUM! This sounds so good.
Sierra Berry says
Looks so good! I'm obsessed with tomatoes so this recipe seems like a perfect fit for me!
- sierra ♥
Faith (An Edible Mosaic) says
These look so yummy - perfect use for all the gorgeous tomatoes right now!
YUM, I love the idea of cutting each piece of bread into 4 pieces and making this as an appetizer for a wine party! I think I might leave out the vinegar here to really highlight the avocado pesto myself though!
Citra Kale @Citra's Home Diary says
all your food looks exotic and divine Marylynn
Marlynn Jayme Schotland says
Thanks so much Citra!