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Blistered Tomato Grilled Toast Caprese Nachos with Balsamic Glaze || halfbakedharvest.com

Caprese nachos are a real thing.

A real, cheesy, hot, crunchy, tomatoey, fresh basily thing.

Also a twenty-minute thing.

Also a no oven, no heating up the house thing too, if you choose.

Blistered Tomato Grilled Toast Caprese Nachos with Balsamic Glaze || halfbakedharvest.com

Normally the whole heating up the house in the summer thing is no big deal to me and I don’t typically understand why people make such a fuss about using the oven in the summer, but now that I have been in South Carolina for a day I understand completely.

I mean, whoa. You guys are not kidding down here. The humidity is insane, but the humidity plus the sun plus the 90 degrees temps. It is darn hot down here.

I mean, I am still loving it, but I am definitely thinking the grill is the way to go down here.

Blistered Tomato Grilled Toast Caprese Nachos with Balsamic Glaze || halfbakedharvest.comSo let’s talk about these nachos.

They really are like a french meets italian nacho and they are obviously good.

Simple, but so good. I think that caprese has to be one of my favorite summer type of dish. I am pretty sure I eat it in one form or another almost everyday throughout the summer. Blistered Tomato Grilled Toast Caprese Nachos with Balsamic Glaze || halfbakedharvest.com

Now let me rant about my beef and tomatoes.

Ninety percent of the time I only buy tom-tom tomatoes (or grape or cherry or whatever else you may call them). I almost never buy the beef tomatoes and only occasionally buy Roma, but only when they are in season and so gosh darn good. I would love to by the heirloom tomatoes, but honestly I just can not justify spending that much for tomatoes that I could scarf in less than a minute. I love the multi colored grape tomatoes, but again they are a little pricey to be buying every week.

So why do I stick to the grape tomatoes? Because in my opinion they have the best flavor. Unless I am picking the tomato off the vine, I  still have yet to have an amazing beef steak tomato. The flavor of the grape tomatoes are normally pretty reliably good, especially if they are the really small ones. I can always count on the small ones.

Blistered Tomato Grilled Toast Caprese Nachos with Balsamic Glaze || halfbakedharvest.com

I know, I am a freak about my tomatoes and I also know lots of you are probably going to disagree with me, but this is just my experience with tomatoes.

Plus, I really love just popping those juicy things in my mouth.

I have been known to eat pints ate a time. Like just the tomatoes, nothing else, not even any salt.

Blistered Tomato Grilled Toast Caprese Nachos with Balsamic Glaze || halfbakedharvest.com

Okay, now these are not normal nachos with tortilla chips.

I mean, I am sure that would be good, but the grilled (or toasted) bread is 100x better. I mean I am pretty sure most of you would be cool with eating just the grilled bread. Grilled bread is a new favorite food of mine, can’t believe how good it is.

Blistered Tomato Grilled Toast Caprese Nachos with Balsamic Glaze || halfbakedharvest.com

But really, I think you know this whole thing is good.

If you love caprese this is for you. If you love melty mozzarella cheese this is for you. If you love grilled bread or even toasted bread this is for you. And if you love tomatoes and basil this is for you.

Basically, there is not really anyway it can’t be for you.

Blistered Tomato Grilled Toast Caprese Nachos with Balsamic Glaze || halfbakedharvest.com

Caramelized Blistered Tomato Grilled Toast Caprese Nachos with Balsamic Glaze

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 207 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 inch whole grain baguette sliced into thin 1/4 slices
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella sliced
  • 10 leaves fresh basil julienned

Balsamic Glaze

Instructions

  • To make the balsamic glaze add the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to small sauce pan and simmer until reduced by half. This should take about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside until ready to use.
  • Preheat your grill to high heat or preheat your oven to 450° degrees F.
  • Add the tomatoes to a bowl and toss with 1 teaspoon olive oil, honey, salt and pepper. If your grape tomates are small enough to fit through the gates of your grill thread them on skewers. Or you can also roast them in the oven for 10 minutes until lightly charred
  • Place the baguette slices on a greased baking sheet and brush each side of the bread with a little olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  • Grill the tomatoes for about 8 to 10 minutes and the baguette slices for about 3 minutes per side. Or you can toast the baguette slices in the oven on a baking sheet for about 5 minutes and the tomatoes in the oven for 10.
  • Preheat the broiler to high.
  • In personal oven safe dishes or a pan or sheet, place a few slices of toasted bread, then a few slices of fresh mozzarella and then a handful of tomatoes. Repeat so you make about three layers. Broil for 1 minute or until the cheese is melty.
  • Drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Blistered Tomato Grilled Toast Caprese Nachos with Balsamic Glaze || halfbakedharvest.com

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  1. I saw this picture on tumblr and a link to the recipe (this is one of the reasons I love tumblr) and decided to try it. I did it yesterday to my big family, and even the little ones enjoyed it…it was like WWIII to see which one of us ate the most quantity! Just delicious. Thank you!

  2. OMGreatnesss. I luuurrrvveee anything Caprese… caprese pasta, Cibatta, bake, and even just plain salad, and I could serve balsalmic/reduction with ANYTHING :-). This is Def going on my Weekend list. Thank you

      1. OOOhhh Wow, Just to let you know, I made this weekended, Unfortunately could not find Baguette, so used a light sourdough loaf, and it was still AMMMMAAZZZIINGGG, even tha Man had some, YUMMY

  3. I made these for family and friends the other day and they were AMAZING! I now keep the balsamic reduction in my fridge at all times. Thanks for another fabulous recipe!

  4. Goodness, gracious. Italian nachos! I love bread in all forms, nachos included and I love this idea. I’d have to dump my little skillet in a big bowl and go in face-first! I

  5. What a creative, beautiful presentation with incredible photos. I just pinned this recipe on my “must try” board. Thanks for sharing this recipe on Marvelous Mondays.

    Michele

  6. Yep. I really need these in my life! Caprese is one of my all time favorite things, and the mere thought of this dish has me drooling. YUM!

  7. This photo on foodgawker totally jumped out at me. Besides the amazing photos, what a wildly creative and delicious idea! I am totally making this over the weekend. Thanks for the inspiration Tieghan!

  8. I pretty much avoid fresh tomatoes unless they come from my garden! The rest of the year, canned usually has better flavor (and definitely price!) than what we can buy around here. Plus, there’s that whole issue of the people picking them practically slaves…

    Anyway, these look tasty!

  9. Just came across you via foodgawker, and love, just love these nachos! We’ve such a glut all summer long of toms and basil here in the Med, in Malta, that I run out of innovative ways to use them. Nothing beats a caprese but this is a new take. I’ll be making it as a niblet for a BBQ I have next week. Lovely work on your blog Tieghan. Will be back! Wish I’d started cooking young – my mum couldn’t get me in the kitchen for love nor money at your age!

    1. Haha! Thank you so much, Liz! I am so happy you like my site and so happy you are going to give these a try! I think you will love them!

  10. Caprese + Nachos!?! This looks like a superb combination. Tieghan, you’re a genius ;–)

  11. That balsamic vinegar is all I can think about now. I need to make this dish and soon. Pinning and pinning 🙂

  12. Share me your secret – WHERE did you get those mini cast iron pans?!?! Ben was reading this over my shoulder – and said I can totally make these for him 😉

  13. Everything about this sounds AMAZING! I am CRAVING this right now. Come over and make these for dinner with me Tieghan?? We can have blueberry pie bars for dessert. 😉

  14. Oh…My…Gosh….you can only imagine my delight when I saw this recipe.. what an awesome, awesome idea!! The happy thing is that I have all the ingredients to try this tonight!! 🙂

    I’m loving the small cast iron skillets in the photos. We have Wegman’s here in Western NY, and they have these little cast iron skillets for $10 each. I’ve been watching them every week, waiting for the price to go down, knowing that I cannot justify buying them for that price. I think you just gave me my justification!!

    1. Haha! I bought mine from amazon for eight dollars, but I can’t find them anymore! Hope you love these!

      1. Ahh!! Thank you!! why didn’t I think of Amazon? I’m on there everyday… the question is… did you buy the 3″ or the 5″? In my mind, the 5″ is better.. more tomatoey/cheesey/balsamicy goodness for each person!

  15. Oh god, you’re killing me!! So many delicious recipes on your site, I’m putting on weight just looking at them! Printed so I can make this deliciousness!

  16. Every single thing about this sounds and looks SO good! Seriously, where do you come up with these awesome and creative ideas?? 🙂

  17. This is such an incredible idea! I have heard of many caprese variations, but never nachos, which is so genius! yum!!

  18. Gorgeous! I love those cute little serving pans too. ANd I’m with you, in season tomatoes are so amazing compare to how gross those anemic, out of season, grown in a warehouse, Romas are.
    Beautiful!

    1. Thanks Jackie!! Glad you are with me on the tomatoes! I was seriously worried I would offend some die hard tomato eaters out there! LOL

  19. Ooooh these look amazing, Tieghan!!! You know I’m all about Caprese, well, everything!!! What a great idea!!! Gotta try these!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Robyn! I love caprese anything as well! Especially when it is all warm and melty!

  20. This is an absolute amazing idea and I can’t believe I’ve never thought of caprese nachos! I think I just died and went to foodie heaven.

  21. Yikes, this looks good! I’m with you about tomatoes, I LOVE grape tomatoes, especially roasted! And I can’t wait to try the balsamic glaze! Thanks~

    1. Thank you, Jenna! Oh and I am glad you like roasted grape tomatoes because I have 2 recipes coming up with them as the star!

  22. That Balsamic Glaze. I could drink that. I always have balsamic reduction around. I make a big batch and then just spoon it on everything I can think of 🙂 Gorgeous recipe & pics!