Tomato Bruschetta

1 loaf of French bread, thinly sliced

1⁄4 cup olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon

5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
5-6 plum (or other) tomatoes
1⁄4 cup (approximately) basil leaves, cleaned and sliced

3 scallions, finely sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
parmesan cheese (optional)
feta cheese (optional)

Preheat the oven to 400o.

For the toast/crostini

  1. Combine 1⁄4 cup olive oil, 3 of the minced garlic cloves, 1⁄4 teaspoon salt and a pinch (1/8 teaspoon) black pepper. Brush this onto the sliced bread.
  2. Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes, or until barely golden.
  3. This can be done up to 2 days ahead
  4. Chop the tomatoes into small pieces, approximately 1⁄4 inch cubes. Combine all of the remaining ingredients with the tomatoes, including the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and 2 cloves of garlic. Adjust the flavor with salt and pepper.
  5. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the mixture onto the toast. If desired, sprinkle with parmesan cheese, and/or feta cheese, and serve.

Makes approximately 40 pieces