One of my favorite appetizers/small plates, and super easy.  Pretty much a no-fail.  I also sometimes like to have it as a main dish in summer, when tomatoes are so fresh.  This can go with or without cheese; this time I went without.


  • 2-3 fresh Roma or vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
  • 5-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced in half
  • About half a baguette, sliced into thin toasts
  • Optional – shaved parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to broil.

Dice tomatoes and place them in a bowl with chopped basil.  Add olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and stir to combine.  Adjust oil and seasonings as necessary.

Place bread toasts onto a baking pan.  Broil for about 60 seconds – check often.  Remove from oven and rub the sliced end of a garlic half over a toast once or twice to impart garlic flavor. Top with tomato mixture and serve.


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