California Cracker Stacks

Top crackers with avocado, grilled vegetables, and a drop of pesto for an easy appetizer inspired by the Bay Area.

California Cracker Stacks

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 14 crackers
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:35 minutes
This recipe appears in: Serious Entertaining: NFL Team-Themed Platters (Crackers and Toppings)


  • 14 crackers, such as Ritz
  • 3 avocados, cut into 14 1/8-inch rounds
  • 14 1/8-inch rounds eggplant (from 1 eggplant)
  • 14 1/8-inch rounds zucchini (from 1 large zucchini)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons basil pesto


  1. 1

    Heat a grill pan over medium high heat.

  2. 2

    Lightly brush slices of eggplant and zucchini with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Flip slices over and repeat.

  3. 3

    Grill eggplant until soft, about 10 minutes. Set aside. Grill zucchini until soft, about 7 minutes.

  4. 4

    Place one round of avocado on a cracker. Top with 1 piece of eggplant and 1 piece zucchini. Repeat with remaining crackers.

  5. 5

    Top each cracker with 1/4 teaspoon pesto.

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