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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Easy Easy Crostini Recipe

This is such a simple, and healthy recipe. A lot of people use these as appetizers. I have never understood that whole appetizer concept. Why would you want to fill up with appetizers, and then not be able to eat the entree? At any rate, we eat these as part of the meal. You get your veggies, milk, carbs, and grains, all in one extremely simple recipe. We especially like this with steak, but it is great with chicken, and pork as well, served along side.

You will need:

24 slices of French bread appx. 1/4 inch thick
1/4 cup olive oil we use extra virgin because it is actually healthier
1/2 tsp garlic powder, we use garlic salt because it just gives a little bit more flavor
6 slices part skin mozzarella cheese, or you can use shredded mozarella cheese it works just as good
1 1/2 cups chopped, and seeded tomatoes

Place bread slices on ungreased baking sheets. Combine oil, garlic powder, and brush over the bread. Cut each slice of cheese into four pieces. We use shredded, and just mix it in, it is just easier. Top each slice of bread with tomatoes, and a piece of cheese. Broil 3-4 min, or until the cheese is melted. One thing we have found that is actually helpful, is to toast the French bread first, then add the toppings, and broil for the cheese to melt. Other wise it is sort of soggy in the middle from the oil, and tomatoes, but still delicious no matter which way you do it. If you are going to a party, and need to bring something this is awesome. You could even broil it there, since it only takes just a couple of minutes.

This recipe came from Taste of Home 5 ingredient recipes. Taste of Home is one of my favorite cooking magazines. It is kind of pricey, so I only buy it a few times a year, but it is definitely worth it. Enjoy!

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