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Ode-to-Chèvre Bruschetta

James Carrier
Yield Makes about 30 appetizers
Notes: The day starts with a light lunch in the form of these bruschetta. In Ojai, California, vine-ripened tomatoes are available even in November. If you have trouble finding them, look for Roma or cherry tomatoes; they tend to be better quality than other types during cool-weather months.

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette (8 oz.; about 2 1/2 in. wide and 24 in. long)
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds firm-ripe tomatoes (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup chopped pitted calamata olives
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 ounces fresh chèvre (goat cheese)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 71
  • caloriesfromfat 58 %
  • protein 2.2 g
  • fat 4.6 g
  • satfat 1.6 g
  • carbohydrate 5.7 g
  • fiber 0.6 g
  • sodium 104 mg
  • cholesterol 4.5 mg

How to Make It

  1. Slice baguette on a slight diagonal about 1/3 inch thick; reserve ends for another use. Arrange slices on racks on two baking sheets (each 12 by 15 in.). Brush tops lightly with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Bake in a 425° regular or convection oven until lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, rinse, stem, and core tomatoes. Cut in half crosswise and squeeze out and discard seeds; chop tomatoes. (If not serving immediately, put tomatoes in a strainer or colander to drain.)

  3. In a bowl, mix remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, the lemon juice, and mustard. Stir in tomatoes, olives, basil, and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Spread cheese over one side of each slice of toast. Mound tomato mixture equally on top. Serve at once.

  5. Nutritional analysis per piece.