i made this pesto from Bon Appetit last week when i was having friends over and it was so good we ended up eating straight from the bowl on crackers. it’s packed with parsley and mint which are both really good for you so i’m going to file this under “healthy.” it’s also much less expensive to make than most pestos because it doesn’t call for pine nuts which are really expensive. this appetizer is so good and so easy. you can broil it right before your guests arrive so it’ll be hot, or you can broil it and eat the whole thing between two people, like ivan and i did 🙂 – joanie

what youll need:

1 french bread loaf
1-2 cup cherry tomatoes
16oz log of mozzarella cheese
olive oil
salt and pepper
basil as garnish

2 cups mint
1 cup parsley (stems removed)
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons golden raisins
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

in a blender or preferably a food processor, add the ingredients for the pesto minus the olive oil. on low setting slowly drizzle over the olive oil until there is a smooth consistency. set pesto aside.

cut the french loaf in half and drizzle olive oil over the top of the bread. cover the bread with slices of mozzarella cheese. slice the cherry tomatoes and add to a bowl, toss with a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. evenly disperse the tomatoes on top of the mozzarella cheese.

set oven to broil. place the french breads in and broil until cheese melts and bubbles and bread is slightly toasted around the edges.

once removed from the oven add spoonfuls of pesto over the french breads and garnish with fresh basil and more tomatoes. cut into mini or bite size portions and serve while hot.

images byivan solis 
styling by: joanie cusack 

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