Cheesy Heirloom Tomato and Basil Crustini

Since you all enjoyed my post on the Black Olive and Green Onion Cheese Bread, (number 3 of the Top 9 on FoodBuzz for Sept. 17th), I thought I would post my even better “Cheesy Heirloom Tomato and Basil Crustini”. Well, they’re better only if you appreciate beautiful, sweet, juicy, ripe, and deliciously fresh heirloom tomatoes (of course you can use Roma’s, garden variety, or even pear or grape tomatoes on these). However, our markets in northern California still have beautiful, fresh, heirloom tomatoes at very reasonable prices. With the milder summer we have had this year, it seems to have delayed the local summer fruits and veggies a bit. It’s OK with me, it means we’ll be enjoying them a little bit longer, while the first harvest of fall produce is beginning to show up as well. The result is a greater variety of colorful things to choose from right now, and I absolutely LOVE it!

As far as these Cheesy Heirloom Tomato and Basil Crustini go, I have to admit that my kids don’t fight over these like they do the Black Olive and Green Onion Cheese Bread….that’s because only one of them likes tomatoes…..the other guy, well, we think he is crazy….doesn’t know what he is missing. We really don’t want to push him into trying these….it’s a little selfish I know….but there’s more for us if he doesn’t eat them. It’s easy enough to just leave the tomatoes off of his!

Here are the details:

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy (cause you know I am all about the simple)

1 baguette, sliced in half lengthwise
4 tablespoons pesto sauce (prepared)
2 tomatoes, medium, thinly sliced (I like to vary the color for prettiness)
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, low moisture and part skim milk, shredded
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup basil, fresh, sliced or chopped
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground

Preparation: Preheat oven to broil leaving oven door slightly open. Spread pesto on cut side of bread or roll. Place cheese on top of pesto. Arrange tomato slices on top of the cheese. Top with onions and black pepper. Place on a baking sheet and broil with oven door slightly open for approximately 5 minutes. Top with chopped basil and serve.

Nutrition: Per Serving About: 190 calories, 9 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 7 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates, 2 g dietary fiber, 320 mg sodium

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3 Responses to “Cheesy Heirloom Tomato and Basil Crustini”

  1. pegasuslegend10/09/17 23:18

    thanks for the visit, I love crostini and this is fabulous nice job!

  2. Gigi10/09/19 02:32

    I just bought some beautiful multicolored heirlooms today – Looks as though this is the perfect recipe to show them off. Thanks!

  3. chrisadmin10/09/19 16:31

    Oh yes, I think you will like this! Easy and delish.