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These garlic Caprese crostini melts are a crowd-pleasing appetizer with the classic Caprese flavors of mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. Finished off with a tangy balsamic drizzle!

Garlic Caprese Crostini Melts

Fresh and garlicky crostini melts with the classic Caprese flavors of mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword caprese crostini
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 crostini
Author Salt & Lavender

Ingredients

  • 1 demi baguette or 1/2 standard-sized baguette
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • fresh mozzarella sliced into 12 equal pieces (approx. 12 ounces)
  • 8 ounces (or to taste) assorted tomatoes sliced
  • Handful fresh basil chopped finely
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Balsamic drizzle:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon liquid honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Add olive oil and garlic to a small bowl. 
  2. Slice the baguette into 12 approx. 1/2" slices. Arrange them on a baking sheet. Brush the olive oil and garlic mixture onto both sides of each slice. Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, add the balsamic vinegar and honey to a small pan. Cook it on medium-high (reduce to medium if it's furiously bubbling) for about 8-10 minutes, or until the mixture easily coats the back of a spoon. It tends to thicken up more as it cools, so make sure you don't overdo it or you'll be left with a stuck-on mess. Set aside. 
  4. While your balsamic reduction is cooking, you can slice the tomatoes and chop the basil. 
  5. Set your oven's broiler to high and move the rack to the top third of the oven. Add a mozzarella slice to each piece of bread. Broil for 5 minutes or until the cheese melts (watch it closely), taking care not to burn the bread. 
  6. Top the crostini with the tomatoes, basil, a drizzle of the balsamic reduction, and some salt and pepper. Serve immediately. 

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