November 07, 2006 04:40 PM

BRUSCHETTA
1 baguette, cut into ½” slices
Olive oil

Brush the bread with olive oil on both sides and grill on both sides until they are lightly brown.

TOMATO AND BASIL TOPPING
2 large ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
¼ cup finely chopped basil
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before spreading on the bread.

WHITE BEAN TOPPING
2 cups canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. fresh basil, cut in narrow ribbons (optional)
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients and spread on bread. If desired, drizzle on a little more olive oil.

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