Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tomatoes and Basil

The farmer's market is loaded with tomatoes and basil!  Hooray! 

I buy a day old loaf of Everything Bread from the Walmart bakery for $1.09
a block of mozzarella cheese for $1.29
a pint of fresh tomatoes is about $3.00
and a big bunch of fresh basil is $2.00
for a total meal just over 7 dollars for 5 people (plus leftovers!)

I used my Ninja to chop the basil fine with two big dollops of canned roasted garlic, 
2 tablespoons of olive oil
and all the Parmesan cheese I had on hand...(about 1/4 of a cup this time)
which makes a saucy paste altogether. 
 Smear a cookie sheet with olive oil 
(don't use your pizza stone because you want it to get crusty on the bottom)

Cut the loaf in 1/2 inch pieces
spread with a spoonful of the basil paste
top with a sliced tomato
and a generous pinch of mozzarella.
Bake for about 10 minutes in a 400 degree oven, 
and turn on the broiler for a few minutes at the end to toast the cheese on top.
This is a favorite meal for us on a Sunday night and the leftovers warm up nicely on a cast iron skillet.

3 comments:

ANNIE COPPOCK said...

Yum!

Nesting Naturally said...

and Robb is okay with the lack of meat? I thought no meat = no meal?

12-arrows said...

if only my family liked tomatoes, however I'd eat that in a heartbeat! Delicious!

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