17 January 2012

Yummy Italian Appetizers

Tonight we enjoyed cheese-stuffed pasta shells for dinner and while those were yummy, it was the two accompaniments that were the stars of the night!  

Pesto Bites
(inspired by Pinterest)

1 can of crescent rolls
basil pesto
Roll out the rolls into one piece of dough, pinching the seams together.
Spread just a light covering of pesto onto the dough.
Roll up the dough from one of the long sides and then slice it, 
cinnamon roll-style.  I baked mine in a mini muffin pan--it was just 
the right size.  You could also bake them in a pie dish or cake pan.  
Bake @ 350F for 15 min or until browned.  

Tomato Bruschetta

2-3 medium-sized tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 Tbls. fresh basil
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1/2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. lemon juice
Place all in a bowl and refrigerate for an hour or so to let the flavors blend.
Serve with Italian bread or garlic toast.  


I Am Not Superwoman said...

Love Bruschetta. Especially using fresh tomotoes from garden. Can't wait for spring/summer!

Nancy said...

I was so excited to see these recipes as we are having "Italian" night coming up for our small group. However, I then discovered we will be out of town that week, so I adjusted the basil pesto bites and made "mini cinnamon rolls" for our breakfast theme last week. They turned out great! Thanks for the idea! Oh, and I'll definitely keep the other recipes for another time! Yummm!

Lora @ my blessed life said...

That's a great idea! Crescent rolls are so versatile, aren't they?:) I love them!