There's nothing like the crunch of a crostini followed by a refreshing blast of basil on a hot summer day. Try out some of these tomato and basil crostinis as an appetizer at your next BBQ.
Place oven rack about 5 inches from source of heat. Preheat broiler. Cut loaf of bread lengthwise in half; brush cut sides of bread with 2 tablespoons oil. Cut each half crosswise into 6 equal pieces. Place bread in single layer on rimmed baking pan. Broil 1 minute or until bread is toasted.
In medium bowl, combine tomatoes, garlic, basil, salt, pepper and remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving.
To serve, spoon tomato mixture onto bread. Sprinkle with cheese and garnish with basil leaves, if desired.
Approximate nutritional values per serving: 188 Calories, 7g Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 464mg Sodium, 26g Carbohydrates, 2g Fiber, 5g Protein
> Chef Tip
Tomato mixture may be prepared and refrigerated up to 4 hours in advance. Let tomato mixture stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving.