- 1 French baguette, cut into diagonal 1/2 inch slices
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 package fresh mozzarella cheese
- 2 fresh roma tomatoes
- Fresh basil
- Set the oven to broil at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
- In a small saucepan, combine the olive oil, butter and garlic. Set over medium heat, and cook until butter has melted and the mixture starts to bubble. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.
- Dip each slice of bread into the garlic mixture, turning to coat each side. Place Parmesan cheese on a plate. Press one side of each piece of bread into the cheese, and place cheese side up on a baking sheet.
- Broil on the middle rack of the preheated oven for about 8 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Slice fresh mozzarella into pieces that will fit on top of the Crostini. Chop tomato and basil. Place fresh mozzarella down first, and then place tomato on top of mozzarella. Garnish with fresh basil and serve.
This dish is a great appetizer for any get together. It reminds me of family parties and holiday celebrations from over the years. My “Nonni” always has this dish as an antipasti, along with Italian meats, cheeses and breads. Most often the mozzarella, tomato and basil is it’s own salad, but putting it on top of homemade crostini is a delicious twist on a classic Italian antipasti.