Pepper crostini

crostiniServes: 4-6
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

½ long baguette, cut into 6mm / ¼” slices
4tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, peeled but left whole
2-3 ripe tomatoes, peeled, deseeded and drained
6 black olives, stoned and chopped
1tsp fresh thyme, chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1tbsp orange-flavoured olive oil
1tbsp white wine or balsamic vinegar
1 red pepper, roasted, peeled and seeded and cut into strips
a few fresh chives

Method:

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/R6 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 on to 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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