Dec 8, 2007

Tomato and Basil Crostini

Tonight is the night for my company's potluck event,
For those who don't know,
Potluck is like a gathering event that each person has to bring one dish to the party,
Preferably home-made food,
But some pre-made ones bought somewhere else is always welcome too.
*Not everyone has time to cook!

As far as I know,
My coworkers already listed out what they're going to bring:
Ham, prime ribs,
Cheese, pastrami,
Cakes, cookies, strawberries with chocolate,
Spring rolls, kabobs,
And holiday spirits?
What the heck is that? Do you know?
It's alcohol!
I was cracking up so bad, how creative!

So this is what I came up with-

Endless sliced baguette?
Of course no!

I gonna transform them into this-


1 baguette (cut into 30 to 32 slices)
8 Roman tomatoes (diced)
20 basil leaves (chopped)
*It's a really rough number, I got a big box of fresh basil from the supermarket, and I used about half of the leaves.
2/3 cup of Mozzarella (shredded)
Extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lay all the sliced breads on a baking sheet,
Brush with some extra virgin olive oil,
In to the oven for about 5 minutes or till golden brown on the sides.

Now let's go ahead and prepare the topping.
Cut the tomatoes in cubes, remember to throw away the end parts first.
Sometimes I drain out the seeds before I start dicing them,
But it's not required, I just like to eat my tomato and basil crostini that way.

Pour the shredded cheese in a big bowl together with diced tomatoes and chopped basil.
Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of salt,
Don't forget to add some freshly ground black pepper.

Give it a quick stir,
Sprinkle more salt if desired,
Sometimes the amount used for salt is different depends on the cheese you chose.

Place the topping on the bread slices.

You'll be amazed when you have your first bite of this classic hors d'oeuvre,
The bread is so crunchy, not mentioning the natural sweetness coming from the tomatoes.

The result?
I was very happy that my dish was all gone at the potluck tonight.

Cindy's Rating: 7


  1. I'm glad they loved your crostini, Cindy! I'd feel terrible if what I brought to a potluck didn't get finished :) (thankfully, hasn't happened yet :)

  2. Yum~~~ I want some NOW.

  3. Tomato and basil is a very classic combination, I'm glad they were so popular at your potluck :)

    Ellie @ Kitchen Wench

  4. To manggy~
    Yeah, good thing that they ate it all,
    I was joking around saying:
    If it tastes good, I made it,
    If it tastes aweful, my friend made it!

    To Eileen~
    Hey girl, I like your new website,
    Everything's all organized!

    To Ellie the Kitchen Wench~
    Thank you!
    Now I need to figure out what to do with my leftover basil at home!