I I found something wonderful to do with the feta cheese I had leftover after satisfying our Greek Salad craving.
I gave this recipe a test run yesterday and when they came out of the oven I thought I should taste one, just to be sure. I took one bite, then I immediately ran upstairs to look for someone to eat them before I ate them all! The only one home at the time was Boy #4. He is not a fan of tomatoes but has a tendency to eat anything I place on a plate and hand to him. Within a couple of minutes he was downstairs, loading up his plate with more. We could not believe how amazing these things are. Crispy little breads, topped with a fresh tomato, garlic, basil, feta mixture. Warm and savory little bites of heaven.
Make them! I wouldn’t lead you astray. They will definitely be on my Oscar night menu.
The grocery list is easy – a french baguette, 2 large Roma type tomatoes (ignore that 3rd tomato), basil, garlic, olive oil, butter, and most importantly, crumbled feta cheese.
Slice the baguette into 1″ slices. The recipe will make enough to top 20 slices.
Melt the butter in a small bowl and add the olive oil. Use a pastry brush to brush the butter/oil mixture on both sides of the bread. If you look everywhere and can’t find your pastry brush (who took my pastry brush?) lightly press each piece of bread into the mixture to lightly coat both sides.
Place the oil coated bread on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or till toasty and lightly browned. Remove from the oven.
Combine the tomatoes, garlic, basil, and feta cheese.
Top each toasted bread slice with about a tablespoon full of the tomato mixture and return the baking sheet to the oven for another 8 to 10 minutes.
Remove them from the oven when warmed through.
Taste one. I won’t tell anyone.
Just right for Oscar night.
Yield: 20 pieces
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 french baguette, sliced into 1″ thick slices (20 slices)
- 2 large Roma type tomatoes, diced
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
In a small bowl, combine butter and oil Lightly press each piece of bread into the mixture to coat both sides. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Remove from oven.
Combine the tomatoes, garlic, basil; and feta. Divide mixture among toast. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes longer or until heated through. Serve warm.
Adapted from Taste of Home.
Come share in the tomato love at the Tomato Love Recipe Exchange, hosted by Gimme Some Oven & Bake Your Day, sponsored this week by Cuisinart. Also visit Recipe for Change to learn more about how to support tomato farmers.