Dehydrating the tomatoes is the key to huge flavor in this great appetizer. Think sophisticated pizza and with only 7 ingredients it couldn’t be easier. Make the day before since you need about 6 hours in an oven to do these right. Just reheat or serve at room temperature. Also goes great in a salad or on your favorite sandwich to “kick it up a notch!”
Makes 2 dozen
Good quality Olive oil
10 ripe Roma tomatoes, tips removed and cut in halve vertically
8-10 cloves of garlic, minced fine
1 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1 French baguette
Sea Salt and fresh ground black pepper
¼ cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 225 F.
In a large mixing bowl combine tomatoes, garlic, and basil. Coat tomatoes liberally with olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange tomatoes, cut side down, on paper. Spoon the remaining garlic mixture on top of each. Place tray into the oven and roast tomatoes for 5 to 6 hours or until they have shrunk in size by about 75%. Remove tray from oven and let tomatoes cool. This step can be done up to 3 days before. Just make sure to cover and refrigerate.
Preheat broiler and position top shelf at highest position (closest to burner). Slice baguette into 24, ½” slices and brush with olive oil. Arrange on a baking sheet and place one tomato (you may have to slice tomatoes if too large for bread. I like to gently press them into the bread with the back of a fork). Top with cheese and place tray under hot broiler until cheese has turned golden brown and bubbly, about 2-3 minutes. Serve and Enjoy!