Friday, March 23, 2012

Fancy Pants App: Tomato & Mozzarella Crostini

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I had a talk with some of the guys at work yesterday about cooking.  In particular, what to make for someone you're trying to impress.  I let them in on my little secret...the one that really no one knows.  Early on in my cooking days, I perfected this recipe because, well, its actually not that hard to "perfect".  Not only is it easy but it also looks good.  Plus, my chicken wrapped in bacon has BACON in it.  For whatever reason, boys and bacon are like me and ice cream:  they were just made to go together.

Anyway, I got a lot of boyfriends with that recipe.  I guess I lost a lot of boyfriends along the way, too.  But it's still one of John's favorite recipes!  This recipe is similar.  It looks fancy; "crostini".  But, it's actually really easy.  In fact, you want to start a night off right, serve your date crostini.  They will be falling for you before the first course is over! 

At the end of our special someone conversation, in case you were wondering, I was asked even if it doesn't come out perfect, wasn't it the thought that counted?  I really thought about that for a minute.  Because even professional chefs do not cook perfectly every night.  Sometimes, you just have to call it quits and go out for pizza.  So I reminded them that if his special girl didn't think it was the thought that counted, then she probably wasn't the right girl after all.  Something to keep in mind as you cook for that special someone!

Tomato & Mozzarella Crostini
Serves:  4
1 tomato, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon italian seasoning
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
12 thin slices of French bread
12 thin slices of mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Combine the tomato, garlic, italian seasoning, and balsamic dressing in a small bowl.  Top the bread with mozzarella cheese. Spoon a tablespoon of tomato mixture onto each slice of bread.  Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 5-8 minutes until cheese is melted and browned.

Until the next time my oven is on...

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