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Tomato Crostini

This is an Italian staple and a great way to start a meal. These toasted rounds of bread can carry any number of ingredients, but we like this simple and tangy tomato topping best.

Serves: 6
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Serves 6

What you need:

  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 12-inch baguette or French bread
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh basil leaves, as garnish (whole or cut into ribbons)

What you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Dice the tomatoes and transfer to a medium bowl. Add the salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and vinegar to the tomatoes and mix well with a wooden spoon or your hands. Transfer the tomatoes to a mesh strainer and set over a bowl or sink. Drain 12-15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, slice the bread into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick rounds. Lightly coat a large baking sheet with olive oil. Arrange the rounds on the baking sheet. Drizzle a few drops of additional olive oil over each round. Bake until lightly toasted, about 5 minutes.
  3. Allow the rounds to cool 5 minutes, then arrange on a serving platter. Top each round with roughly 1 tablespoon of tomato mixture, and drizzle with additional olive oil. Top with a fresh basil leaf.

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