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Christmas Crostini

message posted 01-Sep-09 09:03:55
Serves 4-6


Preparation time 20 mins
Cooking time 5 mins


long baguette, cut into 6mm / slices
60ml/4tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, peeled but left whole
2-3 ripe tomatoes, peeled, deseeded and drained
6 black olives, stoned and chopped
5ml/1tsp fresh thyme, chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
15ml/1tbsp orange flavoured olive oil
15ml/1tbsp white wine or balsamic vinegar
1 red pepper, roasted, peeled and seeded and cut into strips
a few fresh chives


1 Brush both sides of the baguette slices with olive oil and grill lightly on both sides until golden brown. (Alternatively, place on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 200C/400F/Gas 6 for about 10-15 minutes).
2 Finely chop the tomatoes and mix together with the olives, thyme, orange flavoured olive oil and vinegar and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
3 Rub the peeled garlic onto the top side of each slice of toasted bread.
4 Arrange the tomato mixture on the top and decorate with criss-crossed strips of roasted red pepper and chives.

Note If you are unable to buy orange flavoured olive oil add a teaspoon of very finely chopped orange zest to the mixture.

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