Seasoning Oil

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes

    Tomato Topping

  • 1-1/2 pounds plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 loaf French Bread (8 ounces), spit horizontally
  • Small fresh basil leaves for garnish


  1. Prepare seasoning oil: Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic, basil and red-pepper flakes; cook, stirring, 5 to 7 minutes or until garlic is golden. Cool the oil and strain.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare tomato topping: Stir together tomatoes, basil, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Heat oven to 500 degrees F.
  4. Brush cut sides of split bread with about 2 tablespoons seasoning oil. Place on a baking sheet. Bake in heated 500 degree F. oven 3 to 5 minutes or until golden.
  5. Slice toasted bread into 2-inch widths and arrange on a large serving platter. Spoon tomato topping over and garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Recipe Yield: Servings: 12; Difficulty Level: 2

Nutritional Information Per Serving:

Calories: 126
Fat: 7 grams
Sodium: 211 milligrams
Cholesterol: 2 milligrams
Protein: 3 grams
Carbohydrates: 13 grams

Diabetic Exchanges

1 Bread/Starch; 2 Fat

Book Title: Family Circle All-Time Favorite Recipes