Grilled Tomato Bruschetta
Grilling tomatoes concentrates their sunny sweetness and adds a hint of smokiness, mellowing their acidity.
1. Preheat grill or grill topper over medium heat. Slice each tomato into 3 ı/2-inch-thick slices. Mince 2 cloves garlic. Combine minced garlic with thyme; set aside. Lightly brush both sides of tomato slices with 1 Tbs. olive oil.
2. Rub grate or grill topper with vegetable oil. Place tomatoes on grill, and cook 3 to 5 minutes. Turn tomatoes over, sprinkle with garlic and thyme mixture, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Grill 3 to 5 minutes more.
3. Meanwhile, brush both sides of each bread slice with remaining olive oil. Grill 1 to 2 minutes per side. Rub remaining whole garlic cloves over one side of each piece of grilled bread.
4. Place a grilled tomato slice on each garlic side of bread, and top with cheese and basil. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.