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Smoky Cilantro Pesto Beef Crostini

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Quick Facts

Servings: 24
Prep Time: 15 min.
The combination of Italian and Mexican flavors make these unique appetizers spicy and delicious.


  • 2 beef shoulder center (ranch cut) steaks, cut 1 inch thick (about 8 ounces each)
  • 24 slices baguette bread, cut diagonally 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup grated Cotija cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Smoky Cilantro Pesto3 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 2 small chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbs fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Cotija cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  • Prepare Smoky Cilantro Pesto. Place cilantro, pine nuts, chipotle peppers, garlic, lime juice and black pepper in food processor container. Cover; process until finely chopped. Add cheese; pulse on and off until just combined. With motor running, slowly add oil through opening in cover, processing until smooth.
  • Spread 1/4 cup pesto evenly onto beef steaks. Place steaks in glass dish. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 15 minutes to 2 hours. Cover and refrigerate remaining pesto.
  • Place steaks on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Arrange 12 bread slices around steaks. Grill steaks, covered, 11 to 14 minutes for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Grill bread slices 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly toasted, turning once. Remove bread slices from grill. Repeat with remaining 12 bread slices.
  • Spread 2 teaspoons remaining pesto on each toasted bread slice. Carve steaks into thin slices. Place beef slices evenly over bread slices. Top evenly with 1/4 cup cheese and chopped cilantro. Serve immediately.

Substitution: Grated Parmesan cheese may be substituted for the Cotija cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 148
  Calories from Fat 80 (54%)
(14%)Total Fat 9g
(0%)Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
(4%)Cholesterol 13mg
(6%)Sodium 136mg
(0%)Potassium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 11g
(4%)Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 0g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(12%)Protein 6g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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