Roasted Grape Tomato and Basil Crostini
10 ozcherry tomatoes, halved (or one box)
1/3 cextra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
8 clovegarlic, peeled and lightly crushed
4 sprig(s)fresh thyme plus 3 tablespoons thyme leaves
·kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
1large baguette, cut into 24 (1/2-inch thick) diagonal slices
6 Tbspgood quality balsamic vinegar, or to taste
12large fresh basil leaves, cut into fine ribbons, for garnish
How to Make Roasted Grape Tomato and Basil Crostini
- To prepare roasted tomatoes, preheat oven 275 degrees and place a rack in the center. Place tomato halves in a medium mixing bowl and toss gently with 1/3 cup olive oil, garlic, and thyme sprigs. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer and pour juices from bowl over tomatoes. Roast in preheated oven until golden brown and slightly shriveled, about 2 hours. Check tomatoes every 20 to 30 minutes, removing any that have browned. Remove tomatoes from oven and cool to room temp. Remove thyme sprigs and discard.
- Preheat broiler and arrange baguette slices on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. Brush tops with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Toast until golden brown on top.
- To serve, remove baguette slices from oven and top with 4 or 5 cherry tomato halves, gently pressing to adhere. Drizzle each crostini with balsamic vinegar and top with basil ribbons. Serve immediately.