Makes 4 appetizer servings Not only an appetizer - enjoy this for lunch or as an accompaniment to soup, salad, or pasta. 8 slices French baguette (¾-inch thick slices) 2 plum tomatoes, cut into ¼-inch cubes 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced ¼ teaspoon pepper, or to taste 8 large fresh basil leaves 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese Adjust oven broiler rack to 4 to 5 inches from the heating element; preheat the broiler. Place the bread slices on a baking sheet. Place under the broiler for about 1 minute per side to toast lightly. Combine the plum tomato, olive oil, garlic, and pepper in a small bowl. Arrange the basil leaves on the toasted bread. Top with the tomato mixture; sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Broil for about 2 minutes to warm and melt the cheese. Watch closely! Serve warm.
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