Tomato Basil Sandwich

Crusty bread smothered in fresh basil and red-ripe tomatoes.

Preparation time: 30 minutes or less

Servings: 4

5 A Day servings: 1

Ingredients:

1½ tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh basil
8 ¾ inch slices, crusty hearth style bread
16-24 fresh basil leaves, enough to cover bread slices
4 red-ripe, medium tomatoes, stem end removed
Salt (optional)
Fresh ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Gently heat oil and garlic in small skillet over MEDIUM heat. Add minced basil and stir well. Remove from heat, allow to cool.
  2. Lightly toast slices of bread and brush lightly with flavored, cooled oil. Place oil-side up and layer with fresh basil leaves, about 2 or three per toast.
  3. Slice tomatoes and arrange slices over basil leaves. Sprinkle with optional salt and a grinding of fresh black pepper. Serve immediately.

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