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Crostini Rossi

Mary Ann Esposito

SERVES 4

I love the way Nancy Harmon Jenkins describes the little toasts (crostini) that she likes to make in her farmhouse in Tuscany: Crostini Rossi and Crostini Neri, that form the beginning to a Tuscan meal. Crostini rossi can only mean a tomato salad topping for Tuscan bread and the best is made with summer-ripe plum tomatoes.

INGREDIENTS

3 large plum tomatoes, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 basil leaves, minced
3 sprigs flat leaf Italian parsley, minced
2 tablespoons Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
8 small slices toasted bread

DIRECTIONS

Mix the tomatoes, garlic, basil, parsley, olive oil, and salt in a bowl. Allow the mixture to marinate for several hours at room temperature.

Place two slices of bread on each of 4 salad plates. Divide and top the bread with the tomato mixture and serve immediately.

item recipe is featured in Episode 806 of Season 8.

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