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CAPRESE PESTO MARGHERITA STACKERS

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Bake Off 44_Caprese Pesto Margherita Stackers

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Updated: May 7, 2011 12:16AM



MAKES 24 SERVINGS

1 (8-ounce) container fresh mozzarella ciliegine cheese (24 cherry-size balls)

1 (11-ounce) can Pillsbury Refrigerated Original Bread- sticks

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

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 24 mini-muffin cups with cooking spray. Drain cheese balls; pat dry with paper towels.

On work surface, unroll dough; separate into 12 breadsticks. Cut each breadstick in half crosswise; press each half into (3-by-2-inch) rectangle. Spread rounded ┬╝ teaspoon of 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. 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.

Julie Beckwith for44th Pillsbury Bake-Off

Nutrition facts per serving: 80 calories, 41/2 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 7 g carbohydrates, 1 g sugars, 4 g protein, 160 mg sodium, 0 g fiber



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