I love to play the host. Maybe it’s because I’m a Leo. Or maybe it’s because I always feel the most comfortable in my own space. Or maybe it’s because I want an excuse to fuss over food and occasionally put up a decoration or two. (Most likely the latter….)
And one of the roles of being a hostess is to put out delicious little nibbly bits for the guest. And sometimes the best appys are the most simple.
This pesto mozzarella melt is an easy and delicious appetizer. It is something that can be whipped up for evening get-togethers and also for daytime playdates. In fact, it was at a playdate that I was first introduced to these little wonders (Thank you, Tash, for your supreme hostessing skills!). And of course, I had to make them my own!
I like to use a sharp cheese in this recipe. My favourite is goat mozzarella, because it’s extremely tangy. Other choices would be an aged chedder or even shaved parmesan.
- 1 loaf of french bread, sliced into rounds
- 1 container grape tomatoes
- 1 pkg of goat mozzarella
- 1 jar of green pesto
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Set oven to broil
- Place french bread rounds on a lined cookie sheet; lightly cover them in olive oil (I like to use a mister for this - you can put some oil on a paper towel and dab it on the bread)
- Toast the bread until browned at edges
- Remove bread from oven
- Spread pesto on bread, then top with tomatoes and mozzarella
- Put back into oven for approximately 5 minutes (until cheese is melted)
- Serve to your anxiously-waiting crowd!
- The mozzarella can be substituted with any sharp cheese (such as aged cheddar or parmesan).
This recipe is a simple and easy one, and can be whipped up in under 15 minutes. This is especially handy if your gathering is an impromptu one.
I must warn you, though: it’s hard to eat just one of these pretty little snacks. I have to slap my own hand away from them.
Don’t Miss Another Suburble Nibbly!
Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell
These look so good!!! I wish my play dates were so fancy 🙂
Oh… most times, my playdates have Goldfish crackers and/or bowls of pretzels as a snack. But sometimes I like to bring out the big guns… it’s a good excuse to have a little bit of “grown-up food”!
Kenz @ Interiors by Kenz
Oh. my. gosh. I need to have this for breakfast. Right. now.
Yes! What a great idea, Kenzie! This would be a fab brunch item! I wish I had the stuff to make them right now (It’s 7:30 am) – sounds much better than the oatmeal I’m currently planning!
Those look amazing!
Oh, they are! You’ll have to let me know if you try them, Jennifer!
Shauna @ Satori Design for Living
I’ve made these before, but never with tomatoes on top. That definitely ramps up the health factor (and gives me something to do with all the tomatoes I have right now)!
You’ll have to let me know how you like them with the tomatoes! (And I wish I had that many tomatoes right now – my plants got blight and died. Sigh.)
Rosa @ FLUTTER FLUTTER
YUM! I have tomatoes from my garden that I need to use up, and this is a great idea! Looks so good!
Ooh… I’m so jealous of everyone that had a successful tomato crop. Next year! Next year will be my year!
Definitely try this and let me know what you think! They’re so goooood!
Amy of while wearing heels
I love anything that calls for pesto. This looks delicious.
Oh, me too, lady! Anything at all, actually. But I also love me some alfredo and it looks like you’ve got a recipe that I need to pin!
Dannyelle @ www.lifeisaparty.ca
These look so, so good. I’m picturing girl’s night, with a glass of wine. Thanks for the great, easy recipe.
When am I NOT picturing girls’ night with a glass of wine?!?! 😉 You could serve me Ritz crackers and Cheese-strings and I’d be a happy camper!
But yes, these are a divine “Night In With The Girls” recipe!
Those look so good! I love something quick and easy. I’m thinking this would be a good lunch, with a bowl of tomato soup!
Oooh… like homemade tomato soup? Do you ever make that? I think that this would be a great pairing!
Yum! Yes please send some over 🙂
If only you lived down the road… I could steal from your bounty of tomatoes (in the right season) and make these for you!
Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.
I saw this floating around on Pinterest, I’ve already pinned… all that is left now is to actually make this! Looks and sounds DELISH! Thanks for sharing! xo
I love that you’ve already pinned this! That makes my day!
Tara, we LOVE pesto at my house so we’ll definitely be making these goodies!
Oh, I’m so glad! I love pesto too, so it’s hard not to gobble up all of these little appetizers when they’re laid out!
I need to eat those. Stat. Would have gone perfectly with the chicken soup I made for dinner tonight.
Oh yes, this would be a perfect compliment to soup. I will definitely try that!
pesto and Mozza_ it has to be yum
You’re so right, Terri. How can you go wrong!??!
Inspire Me Heather
Thanks Tara!! Really, I’m planning a huuuuggeee party and need some really good appy recipes – this one’s a keeper (oh how I love pesto too!!).
A huuuuuge party!?!? Why? Where? You know I love parties.
This will be a huge success – I promise! Just make the toasted rounds beforehand and then pop the assembled appies into the oven when you need them!
This looks delish! Why wait for a party, I want it for lunch!
Oh… I will admit that I’ve had this for lunch. And it’s SO good!
Dani @ lifeovereasy
Yum – those look delicious! Can’t beat the taste of tomatoes this time of year!
No, you cannot. If only I hadn’t failed horribly at being a Tomato Gardener. *Sob!*
La Cuisine d’Helene
Oh my this looks yum, I should try it.
Let me know if you do, Helene! I swear – you won’t be disappointed!