Grilled Caprese bruschetta is the perfect snack or starter to prepare on the braai and will impress the socks off of your guests. Gooey mozzarella, punchy basil pesto and charred vine tomatoes on crusty bread? Yes please!
It’s so ironic that I’m writing this post today because it is probably the dreariest of days, like ever. It’s dark, overcast and freezing cold. At least the thought of this recipe and the punchy summery flavours it delivers warms me up a little. Because listen, there are few things as absolutely mouth-wateringly delicious as this bruschetta served as a starter or casual snack to hungry guests. I mean, would you just look at that gooey cheese? *Swoon*
I’m always looking for easy starters/snacks to serve when we have people over for a braai (or BBQ, for you non-South Africans) that doesn’t require a lot of prep or time in the kitchen and can be made on the braai while the coals are still too hot for the meat. Enter: Bruschetta. Bruschetta is perfect for those hot coals because you want fast, intense heat to grill the bread and get the edges nice and crispy while the tomatoes hang out on the side getting soft and a little charred. Ugh, I’m drooling just thinking about it. As usual, we used our trusty Weber 57cm Mastertouch with GBS (Gourmet BBQ System) braai when we were making lunch over the weekend and these beauties were whipped up in seconds. When the bread was all toasty, I dragged them to the side of the braai to stay warm while I topped them with buffalo mozzarella which didn’t take long to melt in the heat after which I added the charred tomatoes and a good drizzle of basil pesto. YOU GUYS. Need I say more?
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- 4-6 slices ciabatta bread
- 200g buffalo mozzarella (fior di latte will also work)
- vine tomatoes
- olive oil
- salt & pepper
- basil pesto
- Drizzle the slices of ciabatta and tomatoes with olive oil and season with salt & pepper then place on the grill over hot coals. Grill until the bread is toasted on both sides and the tomatoes have started to blister. Keep an eye on the bread as it will burn quickly.
- Pull the bread and tomatoes away from the heat then top the toasted bread with slices of mozzarella and allow to melt a little.
- Remove from the braai then top with the tomatoes and drizzle with basil pesto.
- Serve immediately.