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Crostini with Wilted Spinach, Tomato, and Fresh Mozzarella

Yield 8 servings (serving size: 2 crostini)
Prep: 20 minutes; Cook: 5 minutes; other: 5 minutesThroughout Italy and especially in Tuscany, little open-faced sandwiches (crostini) are popular as a café snack. Fresh mozzarella cheese can be found in the deli section of most grocery stores. It can be vacuum-sealed or packed in a liquid brine.


  • 16 (1/2-inch-thick) slices Italian or French bread baguette
  • Olive oil-flavored cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1 (6-ounce) package baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups finely chopped seeded plum tomato (about 3 large)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced

Nutrition Information

  • calories 223
  • fat 8.5 g
  • satfat 2.9 g
  • protein 6.5 g
  • carbohydrate 31 g
  • fiber 3.5 g
  • cholesterol 11 mg
  • iron 1.6 mg
  • sodium 341 mg
  • calcium 105 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Coat bread slices with cooking spray; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 5 minutes or until lightly toasted; set aside.

  3. While bread bakes, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute or until lightly browned. Add spinach, pepper, and salt, and sauté 30 seconds or until spinach wilts. Place spinach mixture in a bowl. Chill 5 minutes to quickly cool. Stir in tomato and vinegar. Top each bread slice evenly with cheese and about 2 tablespoons spinach mixture. Serve immediately.

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