Briefly heating the tomatoes intensifies their sweetness while preserving their bright, fresh flavor. Use any variety of small summer tomatoes you find at the market; for a gorgeous look, mix tomato colors and shapes, such as yellow and orange pear tomatoes paired with red grape tomatoes.
2 1/2 cups grape, pear, or cherry tomatoes
3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
4 (1-ounce) slices ciabatta or sourdough bread
1 garlic clove, halved
How to Make It
Combine first 8 ingredients, and let stand 1 hour.
Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add tomato mixture, and cook 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add bread; cook 2 minutes on each side or until toasted. Rub 1 side of each toast piece with the cut sides of garlic clove halves. Serve tomato mixture over toast.
I love how quick and easy this appetizer is to make, and guests always love it.the only gripe is that if I plate it on the bread, it tends to get a bit soggy.I have served warm and cold and love both options.
This recipe turned out pretty good for me. I served this as an appetizer. 10 minutes seemed like a long time to heat the tomato mixture and after 8 minutes my basil was not looking anything like the uncooked basil in photo. The flavor was perfect. The bread grilled in a little olive oil was also very good.
This was a great way to use up a ton of grape tomatoes from our garden. I preferred to blanch the tomatoes first to remove the skins (they separate right in the pan and I just pull them out with a fork). Delicious, would be great appetizer for company.
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