Mini Caprese Cups – The Perfect Bite Size Appetizer

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I’m sharing one of my favorite appetizers with all of you – Mini Caprese Cups! Yum

Mini Caprese Cups - a bite sized appetizer that gives you a taste of caprese salad in a puff pastry cup! {The Love Nerds}

My favorite appetizers at parties are bite size ones. I don’t always want to be stuck holding a plate for a long time, and, if there are not a lot of places to sit, dips can be hard to eat when you also have a drink to hold. ‘Thus, bite size! These bite size caprese cups were delicious! The pesto offered the perfect amount of flavor to the puff pastry, while the tomatoes made them fresh and a little bit juicy. They were amazing right out of the oven, but they are the perfect party treat because they were still amazing after they had been sitting out for awhile. I plan on making some of these to bring to my own family Thanksgiving and definitely think you should give them a try as well.

Mini Caprese Cups - a bite sized appetizer that gives you a caprese salad in a puff pastry cup! From The Love Nerds {}

Mini Caprese Bites

Mini Caprese Bites

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These Mini Caprese Bites have been one of my favorite bite sized appetizers for years! It's a must make puff pastry appetizer that only takes 4 ingredients with an optional basil garnish. An easy, fresh, and flavorful caprese appetizer!


  • 1 Puff Pastry Sheet
  • 10 Cherry tomatoes (quartered)
  • Fresh Mozzarella Pearls (halved)
  • Pesto Sauce
  • Fresh Basil (chopped into thin strips)
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette (optional)


  1. Let Puff Pastry Sheet thaw slightly, making it easier to unfold and manipulate. 
  2. Spread the pesto sauce onto the puff pastry sheet, then cut into about 16 pieces. I find this easiest with a pizza cutter!
  3. Prep mini-muffin pan by adding cooking spray into each of the cups.
  4. Place each square into one of the cups. I usually stretch each square just a little before putting them into the cup.
  5. Add 2-3 tomatoes pieces and 1-2 pieces of mozzarella into each up. Garnish with basil if desired!
  6. Bake at 400 for 10-13 minutes.

Mini Caprese Cups - a bite sized appetizer that gives you a taste of caprese salad in a puff pastry cup! {The Love Nerds}



  1. Andi G. says

    I love these cute little guys! You should come share them with us at Saturday Night Fever 🙂 I’m going to add them to the roundup I’m working on too. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • lovenerdmaggie says

      Thanks so much, Jenn!! I hope you end up making them! They were a big hit when I made them for my in-laws.

    • lovenerdmaggie says

      Thanks, Kendra! I am going to be making them for my family for the first time this Thanksgiving! They were a big hit with my in-laws though.

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