Toasted Ciabatta Bread with Basil Pesto
This makes a great snack, appetizer, or a side dish with pasta. It is very simple to make. There is a restaurant in my neighborhood called Tender Greens and they make something similar, although they grill their bread which is also a great alternative to baking if you have a grill.
You will need:
4 slices of ciabatta bread
1 tablesoon of prepared fresh basil pesto
1/2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1/4 clove of garlic, chopped
pinch of salt
pinch of fresh cracked peppercorns
1.) Preheat Oven to 400 Degrees
2.) Mix Basil Pesto, salt, pepper, olive oil, and garlic in a small bowl and allow it to marinade together while the oven preheats.
3.) Slice 4 pieces of Ciabatta Bread.
4.) Spoon basil pesto mixture over the slices of bread.
5.) Spray each slice with extra virgin olive oil, lightly.
6.) Bake in preheated oven at 400 degress for 8 minutes.
7.) Allow to cool for a minutes once done and serve!
This recipe can easily be tweaked to your liking by adjusting the salt, pepper, oil, and garlic suggestions. You can also double this recipe and make as much Toasted Ciabatta Bread with Basil Pesto that you need! Enjoy.