With just a few ingredients, these easy-to-make crostini are the perfect party appetizer or quick anytime snack!

Tomato and Basil Crostini

Prep: 20 minutes plus standing • Bake: 5 minutes
Serves: 4

      • 1 loaf (about 13 ounces) ciabatta bread
      • ¼ cup Our Family extra virgin olive oil
      • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) Our Family diced tomatoes, drained
      • 3 garlic cloves, minced
      • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, chopped plus additional for garnish
      • Our Family salt and ground black pepper, to taste
      • Our Family grated parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)
    1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cut loaf of bread lengthwise in half; cut each half crosswise into 6 equal pieces. Place bread in single layer on rimmed baking pan; brush cut side of bread with 2 tablespoons oil. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until bread is lightly toasted.
    2. In medium bowl, combine tomatoes, garlic, basil, salt, pepper, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Let stand at room temperature 30 to 60 minutes before serving.
    3. To serve, spoon tomato mixture onto bread. Sprinkle with cheese and garnish with basil leaves, if desired.

Approximate nutritional values per serving:
336 Calories, 14g Fat (2g Saturated), 0mg Cholesterol, 791mg Sodium, 34g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 8g Protein