These little appetizers are as easy to make as they are to eat - and the ingredient list is not full of expensive stuff, either. All you need (to serve 8) is:
1 French Baguette (which can be the "day old" variety - your going to toast it anyway)
1 Small Jar (about 1/2 cup) Sun-dried Tomatoes (any variety that suits your tastes), chopped
1/3 cup Oil (Olive is best, but "regular oil", or whatever you have is totally fine)
4 cloves Garlic (or about 2 Tablespoons of the stuff that comes in a jar), minced
1/8 - 1/4 cup Fresh Basil (use an amount that suits your tastes - which might be more), chopped finely
1 - 3 cups Mozzarella Cheese (pre-Shredded is fine, but whole and fresh is best)
4 - 6 Fresh Tomatos (Roma "football shaped" ones work best - but whatever is on sale is totally fine), chopped
Salt, Pepper, Tobasco to taste (and any other flavors you like!)
Cut your French Baguette in slices about 1/2 - 3/4 inch thick. I personally like mine a little on the thinner side - use your judgement. Set Asdie
In a large bowl, combine the chopped Sun-dried and Roma tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, basil (save a little for garnish), pepper, salt, and tobasco. Let the mixture "melt together" (marinate) in the bowl for around 15 minutes. This step is important so all of the flavors combine.
Set your oven to "Broil" (make sure its turned on). Leave it on for around the same time your tomato mixture is marinating.
After the oven is ready, drizzle a little of the oil over each slice of the French Baguette and use a little salt and pepper on each to taste.
Broil each French Baguette slice side for about a minute until golden brown. Remove from oven.
Top each with the Tomato mixture and a slice (or shreds) of Mozzarella Cheese - be generous.
Broil for an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Garnish with remaining Basil.
This recipe will be a hit at any gathering but with the Super Bowl coming up - this might be a great time to test it out! This vegetarian (Vegan - without cheeese) appetizer is delicious with white wine or a light beer.