Bake-Off® Contest 44, 2010
Crete, Illinois

Caprese Pesto Margherita Stackers

These party appetizers taste incredibly upscale, but they are actually easily prepared using mozzarella balls and Pillsbury® refrigerated breadsticks.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 55 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 24
 

Ingredients

1
container (8 oz) fresh mozzarella ciliegine cheese (24 cherry-size balls)
1
can (11 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated original breadsticks (12 breadsticks)
3
tablespoons basil pesto
1
tablespoon Crisco® 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Pure Olive Oil
2
tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
24
frilled toothpicks
24
grape tomatoes
24
fresh basil leaves

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Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 24 mini muffin cups with Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. Drain cheese balls; pat dry with paper towels.
  • 2 On work surface, unroll dough; separate into 12 breadsticks. Cut each breadstick in half crosswise; press each half into 3x2-inch rectangle.
  • 3 Spread rounded 1/4 teaspoon of the pesto lengthwise down center of each dough rectangle. Place 1 cheese ball on each rectangle. Carefully stretch dough around cheese; pinch edges to seal completely. Place seam sides down in muffin cups. Brush with oil; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • 4 Bake 14 to 20 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan. With each toothpick, spear tomato and basil leaf; insert into cheese ball. Serve warm.
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 24 mini muffin cups with Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. Drain cheese balls; pat dry with paper towels.
  • 2 On work surface, unroll dough; separate into 12 breadsticks. Cut each breadstick in half crosswise; press each half into 3x2-inch rectangle.
  • 3 Spread rounded 1/4 teaspoon of the pesto lengthwise down center of each dough rectangle. Place 1 cheese ball on each rectangle. Carefully stretch dough around cheese; pinch edges to seal completely. Place seam sides down in muffin cups. Brush with oil; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • 4 Bake 14 to 20 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan. With each toothpick, spear tomato and basil leaf; insert into cheese ball. Serve warm.

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Expert Tips

For recipe success, use fresh mozzarella cheese balls only.

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An upscale-looking appetizer that’s a snap to prepare? Count us in! These breadstick-based cuties bring together the best flavors of the season.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Appetizer
Calories
80
(
Calories from Fat
40),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4 1/2g
4 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
5mg
5%;
Sodium
160mg
160%;
Total Carbohydrate
7g
7%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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