Pesto Bruschetta on Garlic Crostini


Pesto Ingredients:
2 cups fresh basil leaves
2 large minced garlic cloves
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoon freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
Additional Bruschetta Ingredients:
1 baguette sliced at a 45-degree angle about 1/2-inch thick
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, sliced lengthwise
Fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
1 basket grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Make Pesto: Combine basil, garlic, Parmesan, Pecorino, and pine nuts in food processor or blender. Slowly drizzle in extra virgin olive oil until fully incorporated. Season with kosher salt and cracked black pepper. Arrange bread on rimmed baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and rub with cut side of garlic. Bake until beginning to crisp, about 8 minutes.

While bread crisps, make pesto and halve cherry tomatoes lengthwise. Top crostini with pesto spread, fresh mozzarella and grape tomato slice.
Credits: Kelsey Nixon / Cooking Channel TV