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Ideally you'd be making this when tomatoes are in season and at their peak, but, since this makes such a fresh and simple appetizer, good olive oil and proper seasoning will make it a favourite all year round.

You can prepare the tomato mixture in advance but don't spread it on the toast until just before serving. Allow the tomatoes to come to room temperature if refrigerated.

Servings: 15 to 20 pieces

Ready time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

1 lb tomatoes, diced

12to 15 fresh basil leaves, chopped

2 tbsp diced shallot

2 tbsp olive oil (good quality)

1 tsp white wine vinegar

1/4 tsp salt

fresh ground pepper

1 fresh baguette or ciabatta loaf

2 cloves garlic

Method

Preheat oven to 350°C

Mix together tomatoes, basil, shallots, olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Slice bread into one-inch thick pieces.

Lay bread on a cookie sheet and brush lightly with olive oil. Toast in oven 3 to 5 minutes until bread is crusty on top and still soft in the middle.

Rub each piece well with the garlic clove.

Spread the tomato mixture on top and serve immediately.

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About the Author

Sue Riedl worked for 12 years in the Toronto film industry where her culinary passion was ignited while consuming countless unhealthy snacks off the craft service table. More

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