Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Potluck Quick Fix

After a busy day, I needed something fast and easy to bring to the class potluck. What better than chopping up some tomatoes, onion and herbs, and toasting some bread. It was easy to carry the topping in a plastic container and the prepared bread sliced in the bag it came in. I brought a platter and it was a cinch to assemble a few upon arrival and whenever more was needed. 

1 lb (450g) ripe tomatoes
1 shallot or ½ small red onion, peeled and finely chopped
1-2 stalks fresh basil, leaves only, finely chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 baguette, cut into ½ ” slices
1 clove garlic, smashed and peeled 

  • Halve the tomatoes, rinse out the seeds and chop into small dice. Place in a colander on top of a bowl to drain any excess liquid. 
  • Combine tomatoes, onion, basil and olive oil in a bowl. Set aside. 
  • Lightly toast, or grill, the bread slices. Rub garlic clove on both sides of each slice (discard garlic, or use for something else). Spoon tomato mixture on top and serve immediately.

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