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.