Roasted Tomato Crostini
Makes 18 crostini
If you don’t have time to assemble
these crostini before guests arrive,
simply mound the topping in a bowl
set on a platter, and surround the bowl with toasted baguette slices. If you're planning ahead, you can roast the tomatoes, prepare the bean topping, and toast the bread slices up to two days in advance.
- 2 cups small grape tomatoes
- 2 Tbs. olive oil, divided
- 18 3/8-inch-thick sourdough baguette slices
- 3½ tsp. white balsamic vinegar, divided
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, drained
- 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
- 1½ tsp. minced fresh rosemary, divided
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup plus 2 Tbs. chopped fresh basil
1. Place oven rack in top position, and preheat oven to 450°F. Coat small rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Toss tomatoes and 1 Tbs. oil in medium bowl. Spread tomatoes on prepared baking sheet, and roast 12 minutes. Stir, then roast 3 to 4 minutes more, or until most tomatoes are slightly shriveled and some are scorched. Scrape back into bowl; cool.
2. Lightly coat bread slices on both sides with cooking spray. Arrange slices on large baking sheet. Bake 6 minutes, or until slightly browned on bottom and beginning to crisp. Cool on baking sheet.
3. Toss tomatoes with 1 1/2 tsp. vinegar, and season with cayenne and salt and pepper, if desired.
4. Place 2/3 cup beans in large pie plate. Heat remaining 1 Tbs. oil in small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and
1 tsp. rosemary, and stir 30 to 40 seconds, or until very fragrant, but not brown. Scrape oil mixture over beans in dish. Mash to coarse paste (some beans may still be whole) with large fork. Mix remaining 2 tsp. vinegar, salt, and pepper, 1/4 cup basil, and remaining beans into paste. Set aside 1 tomato for each crostini, and stir remaining tomatoes into beans.
5. To assemble crostini, mound bean mixture on toast slices. Combine remaining 1/2 tsp. rosemary and 2 Tbs. basil in small bowl, and sprinkle lightly over bean mixture. Top each with 1 tomato.
December 2013 p.52