Gray Flannel Dwarf

7/16/2007

Ten minute crostini

Before I go any further, have I mentioned before just how happy I am that a Trader Joe’s opened up down here? Oh, I have? Sorry about that. The only thing that would thrill me more would be a Wegmans.

Anyway, so although we have always liked TJs, it has now become one of our staple stops. Considering that a gallon of milk is $2.99, and bananas are 49c/lb — vis a vis 3.79 and 52c at Super Target — TJs has definitely moved into our radar as a necessity.

So there we were, the grocery list says we need to buy bread. Well, while she’s not so shameful to like that glue-like substance called Wonderbread, the wife is still pretty much your average “normal” loaf of bread type. I can’t fault her too much — it works in a pinch, I guess, and she’s doesn’t really eat a whole lot of bread in the first place. I, on the other hand, want real bread. It’s one of those things that has to be “quality” for me (I’ll weblog that list eventually).

We get her loaf, and then the Tuscan Pane catches my eye. Seems like a good choice — and one confirmed by another couple who pick up not one, but two, loaves.

Long story short, a few purchases later, we were out the door, and I decided to try my hand at some (very) basic, albeit gargantuan, crostini. As it turns out, this bread is perfect.

Anyway…
Ten minute crostini

You’ll need:

  • Three slices of Tuscan Pane
  • One tomato
  • One nice sized knot of fresh mozzarella
  • Olive oil
  • Assorted herbs and spices
  1. Slice tomato thinly and put aside
  2. Cut off a few reasonably thin medallions of mozarella, about 1/2cm thick
  3. In a bowl, pour a few Tbsp of olive oil and add some seasonings as desired. I used garlic and a few hot pepper
  4. flakes.
  5. Drizzle or brush the olive oil onto each slice of bread
  6. Arrange a few tomato slices
  7. Atop the tomatoes, put probably about two medallions ea. of mozarella, depending on the size of the slice of bread.
  8. Sprinkle with copious amounts of italian spices and, if so desired, parmesan cheese.

Bake in your toaster oven for 10 minutes @ 450 – although they’d probably be better toasted, or maybe baked in the oven on a pizza stone. Slice in half and serve.

Once again, I don’t suggest that this recipe is anything fancy. Far from it, you can probably improve upon it in a great way. But I will reiterate that, as far as pre-sliced, store-bought bread goes, this stuff is ideal for making some terrific snacks.


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