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Basil Pesto Meatball Crostini

Here is a great appetizer for easy entertaining. Cooked Perfect Homestyle Meatballs on a crostini slathered with fresh basil pesto, mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes. These crostinis are perfect for your next party!

Keyword Appetizers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 36 servings
Author Katie

Ingredients

For the Crostinis

  • 1 18 ounce package Cooked Perfect Homestyle Meatballs, bite size
  • 2 french baguette, cut into 20 slices each
  • 1 1/2 cup basil pesto, prepared or recipe below
  • 1 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 cup heirloom tomatoes, chopped
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • olive oil for drizzle
  • garlic salt to taste

For the Basil Pesto Sauce

  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves, removed from stems
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, high quality preferred
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • splash of lemon juice
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, optional

Instructions

For the Basil Pesto

  1. Into a food processor place all ingredients except for the oil. Pulse ingredients on low until everything is starting to get the proper consistency. Then slowly pour in the olive oil. It's important that this is down slowly since olive oil can become bitter and emulsify if processed too quickly.

  2. Once processed remove from the processor and put into a storage container such as a jar. Add a splash of lemon juice and stir. Add salt and pepper to taste approximately ¼ tsp salt and ⅛ tsp black pepper.

For the Crostinis

  1. Lightly brush bread slices with olive oil then place bread slices under broiler or in toaster oven and cook until golden brown on both sides.

  2. While toasted bread cools, heat meatballs in microwave as directed.

  3. Mix tomatoes, basil and garlic salt in a small bowl and set aside. Divide basil pesto over all the pieces of toasted bread. Then cut meatballs in half and place two halves on top of each piece of bread. Top with mozzarella cheese. Place tray of crostinis under the broiler for 5 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melted.

  4. After cheese has melted, remove from the broiler and finish with the fresh tomato and basil mixture. Serve immediately and enjoy!