Garlicky Tomato Toast

Garlicky Tomato Toast

Garlicky Tomato Toast

3 or 4 very ripe medium tomatoes (about 1 1/2 lb.)

1 pint cherry tomatoes (about 12 ounces)

4 to 6 large slices sturdy sourdough bread, about 1/2-inch thick

4 to 6 garlic cloves, peeled

Salt and pepper

Extra-virgin olive oil

Basil leaves, for garnish (optional)


Cut 2 tomatoes in half crosswise. Place a box grater in a shallow bowl and grate the tomato flesh from the cut sides, pushing through the large holes. You should have 1 cup or so of coarse tomato purée. Set purée aside, and discard tomato skins. Cut remaining large tomatoes into 1/4-inch slices. Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Set aside. Toast the bread until nicely browned and crisp. (Toasting over a charcoal grill yields a rich, smoky flavor, but a toaster, toaster oven or broiler works just as well.) With your fingers, rub the top of each toast with a garlic clove. You will see the cloves get smaller as the garlic is dispersed, pushed into the bread. (For a less garlicky toast, press lightly when rubbing.) Place toasts on a platter or individual plates. Spoon and spread a heaping T. of tomato purée over each toast. Then arrange tomato slices and cherry tomatoes randomly on top. Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper and a T. of extra-virgin olive oil per toast. Garnish with whole or torn basil leaves, if using.


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