Caprese with fresh tomato, mozzarella and pine nuts

Sleezy Capreezy (Pesto Toast with fresh Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Basil, Pine nuts, and Balsamic glaze

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ingredients for caprese - tomatoes, basil, oil, mozzarella, pine nuts‘Sleezy Capreezy’ because this recipe will really get around.  This app will tease and please- It may bring you to your knees!

The recipe calls for an artisanal Kalamata bread, but an artisan dense Garlic bread or Foccacia is also a delicious choice.   Cover your bread slices with olive oil and light minced garlic.  Toast until you have a nice crisp.  Then add your other ingredients, and have them ready for a final roast, right before serving.  There is magic in this recipe because the pesto, tomato, cheese, and spices fuse into the bread as it roasts.

Depending on your loaf size, your toasts can be large for an appetizer, slices are a great option. Watch how fast these disappear.  Delicious with a Cabernet or dry Chianti Riserva.  An Italian Fiesta in your mouth- Mangia!

Caprese appetizer

Tomato, Mozzarella, Pesto, and Balsalmic Caprese on Toast…Sexy …. Sleezy …. and oh so easy!

Caprese with fresh tomato, mozzarella and pine nuts
5 from 4 votes

Sleezy Capreezy

Italian Caprese Toast with Mozzarella, Tomato, Garlic, Pesto, Basil, and Balsamic Glaze
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil and tomato, Caprese, Caprese salad, easy appetizer, fast appetizers, fresh tomato appetizer, glazed balsamic appetizer, Italian app, mozzarella, pesto appetizer, pine nuts, Sleazy, sleezy capreezy, vegetarian appetizer
Yield: 12
Author: Jenny Talia


  • Baking sheet



  • 1 loaf Artisanal Kalamata Olive Loaf, dense Garlic loaf, or Foccacia loaf
  • ½ cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic

Capreezy Layer

  • ½ cup Classic Pesto
  • 1 lb log Mozzarella Cheese (unsliced)
  • 4 small or medium Fresh Tomatoes
  • 8 Fresh Basil leaves
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • ¼ cup Balsamic Glaze
  • ¼ cup Pignolia (Pine) Nuts


Prepare the Toast

  • Place slices of bread on a cooking tray
  • Brush each slice of bread with olive oil
  • Spread a light layer of minced garlic over the oil
  • Toast bread until crispy

Prepare Capreezy Ingredients

  • Wash and slice tomatoes (as thinly as possible)
  • Slice Mozzarella as thinly as possible
  • Wash Fresh Basil, dry, and use kitchen shears to cut into small strips

Layer Your Capreezy

  • Use a butter knife to spread Classic Pesto on each Toast slice
  • Place a tomato slice at the left edge of the Toast slice
  • Nestle a Mozzarella slice ¼ inch from the edge of the tomato slice
  • Repeat until your toast is covered by alternating and slightly staggered Tomato and Mozzarella slices (typically 4-5)
  • Repeat for all toasts
  • Salt and Pepper generously
  • Drizzle Balsamic Glaze on top of your Capreezies
  • Chop your fresh Basil, and sprinkle it on top of your toasts
  • Top with a few Pignolia Nuts
  • Cover and hold until you are close to serving time
  • Right before serving, Place Sleezy Capreezy toasts in the Air Roaster for 7-8 minutes- or until the cheese begins to melt
  • Place on a tray and enjoy


Choose similar diameters for the bread, tomato, and Mozzarella Cheese

If you choose Mozzarella that is pre-sliced, consider slicing each slide again to make them thin

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