Appetizers and Beverages
1/3 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, crushed
6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/8 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
1-1/2 pounds plum tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 loaf French Bread (8 ounces), spit
Small fresh basil leaves for garnish
Prepare seasoning oil: Heat oil in a small
skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic, basil and red-pepper
flakes; cook, stirring, 5 to 7 minutes or until garlic is
golden. Cool the oil and strain.
Meanwhile, prepare tomato topping: Stir
together tomatoes, basil, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in a
Heat oven to 500 degrees F.
Brush cut sides of split bread with about 2
tablespoons seasoning oil. Place on a baking sheet. Bake in
heated 500 degree F. oven 3 to 5 minutes or until golden.
Slice toasted bread into 2-inch widths and
arrange on a large serving platter. Spoon tomato topping over
and garnish with fresh basil leaves.
Protein: 3 g
Sodium: 211 mg
Cholesterol: 2 mg
Fat: 7 g
Carbohydrates: 13 g
Exchanges: 1 Bread/Starch; 2 Fat