When it comes to appetizers and snacks, I like dishes that can be prepped in advance and can be assembled in minutes just before the guests arrive. Pesto Cream Cheese and Tomato Bruschetta is one such super easy, extremely flavorful and delicious appetizer recipe. Its really simple and comes together very quickly. All you need is bread, pesto, cream cheese and tomatoes.
You can use bread of choice like baguette or french or Italian bread. I sometimes use regular bread slices too and just cut them in 4 squares or triangles. Use a grill pan to give a fancy look to the bread. The grill pan is not mandatory and doesn’t alter the taste but the grill lines definitely enhances the look of the bread. Make a Pesto of choice preferably ahead of time. You could even use store bought but I generally prefer making a huge batch and freezing as that way I have a pesto at hand whenever needed. For this recipe I am using my Spinach Basil Pesto. To make things nice and creamy add some cream cheese and finish off with some fresh and juicy grape tomatoes on top for that summery look. It looks fancy, tastes awesome and takes close to no time to make. For me that’s a perfect appetizer.
Now to the recipe…
Bread of choice – Baguette, french bread or Italian am using ready made bruschetta slices
1/4 cup Spinach Basil Pesto (Or Basil Pesto) (Homemade or Store bought)
Some Cream Cheese
5-6 grape tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
some olive oil
1 tbsp fresh chopped basil leaves (optional)
Slice the bread into 1/4 inch thick slices. Heat a grill pan or regular griddle on medium heat. Once hot, drizzle some olive oil . Place the sliced bread and roast for about 1 min or until the side is nice and golden. Flip and cook the other side too until golden brown and crunchy. Remove from heat and keep aside
Now slice the grape tomatoes into round (about 4-5 slice per tomato). Apply Pesto (a tsp or as much the bread can hold comfortably) on the crunchy bruschetta slices, top it with some cream cheese (I sliced mine into small rectangles), couple of tomato slices, fresh chopped basil and salt pepper.
That’s it, our quick, crunchy and tasty Pesto Bruschetta is ready. Serve immediately with your favorite drinks. Enjoy!!