Monday, February 20, 2012

Broiled Tomato Crostini

This is a total throw together appetizer that I decided to eat for dinner tonight. It's so simple yet so impressive and most of all delicious!

1/2 baguette cut length wise
1 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes cut in half
good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
good pinch of kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme (if using fresh, use about 2 tsp)
1 large garlic clove cut in half
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
Parmesan cheese for grating
balsamic reduction for drizzling

Turn your broiler on and line a sheet tray with a foil. Cut all the tomatoes in half and toss with olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme. Place tomatoes in a single layer on one half of the tray. Broil for about 5-10 minutes. Just keep a good eye on them to make sure they don't burn or anything. Once they look yummy and happy, toss the bread on the other half of the tray and leave in there on a few minutes. That bread will burn fast so don't walk away from the oven. Once the bread looks golden brown, place on a platter or plate and rub the garlic clove on the bread. Spoon the tomatoes on top of the bread along with the green onions. Grate some fresh parmesan cheese and drizzle some balsamic reduction on top and BAM you've got dinner or a beautiful appetizer! This is a perfect dinner for one or appetizer for two. Enjoy!