Strawberry Pesto Brie Bites

What is your go-to summer appetizer? I feel like so many summer favorites are dips – and this is a beautiful change of pace! These bites are full of fresh flavors and a great balance of sweet and savory. They’re a perfect addition to the #FarmersMarketWeek lineup!

The special thing here is that the strawberries aren’t simple on top – they’re blended into the basil for an extra burst of sweetness!

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Ingredients

For the strawberry basil:

  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 5 large strawberries, hulled

To assemble:

  • 1 baguette, sliced thinly and toasted
  • 4 oz. brie, cut into small wedges
  • 1 cup strawberries, halved or quartered

Adding strawberries to the basil gives it a nice touch of sweetness! It also goes perfectly with the melty brie.

Directions

  • Preheat the broiler.
  • In a food processor, add basil, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. Process until smooth. Add 5 large strawberries and pulse until finely chopped.
  • Place the toasted baguette slices on a baking sheet. Spread the basil on toasted baguette slices. Top each slice with a small wedge of brie.
  • Broil for 1-2 minutes, until the brie is melted, being careful not to burn them.
  • Remove from oven and immediately press a strawberry half (or quarter) into the melted brie.
  • Serve immediately.

You can make the strawberry basil a few hours ahead and refrigerate it if you’ll be making these while entertaining. For best results, though, don’t assemble and broil until you’re ready to eat them!

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Recipe

Strawberry Pesto Brie Bites

Strawberry Pesto Brie Bites

Yield: About 1 Dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

For the strawberry basil:

  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 5 large strawberries, hulled

To assemble:

  • 1 baguette, sliced thinly and toasted
  • 4 oz. brie, cut into small wedges
  • 1 cup strawberries, halved or quartered

Instructions

  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. In a food processor, add basil, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. Process until smooth. Add 5 large strawberries and pulse until finely chopped.
  3. Place the toasted baguette slices on a baking sheet. Spread the basil on toasted baguette slices. Top each slice with a small wedge of brie.
  4. Broil for 1-2 minutes, until the brie is melted, being careful not to burn them.
  5. Remove from oven and immediately press a strawberry half (or quarter) into the melted brie.
  6. Serve immediately.

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