Healthy Tomato Crostini Three Ways

Using perfectly ripened tomatoes picked just of the vine, (from my garden), will promise for some tasty tomato crostini. Just the smell of these tomatoes is incredible. Enhanced only with a few ingredients such as basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and red onions makes this hors d’ oeuvre an instant hit on any party.

Healthy Tomato Crostini Three Ways

Let Them Ripen…

Tomatoes can only ripen to perfection when on the vine, so it is important to let them grow until fully developed. Once tomatoes are picked, they won’t get sweeter or improve in taste. Only their color will change from green to red.  Well, if you couldn’t get perfectly red tomatoes, keep them in a dry dark place to ripen until red (not in refrigerator). Unfortunately, most tomatoes we buy in our supermarkets are not properly ripened at all.  Most of them ripened in a box on their way to the store. For that reason I suggest that you buy your tomatoes at the farmers market. They’re probably organically grown, taste better and are much healthier for you. When choosing tomatoes select firm, red and silky ones and stay away from too ripe or soft tomatoes. Get in the habit of smelling your tomatoes, too. The stem is the best spot to do that. If they don’t smell right the tomato probably won’t taste either.

Healthy Tomato Crostini Three Ways

Perfectly Ripened Tomatoes

A Few Health Benefits of Tomatoes:

We all know tomatoes are healthy, right? Did you know that they fight fat, cancer and infections, too? Yes, tomatoes are cancer fighters according to Dr. Leo Galland MD of the Huffington Post. They are packed with antioxidants and vitamin A, C and E. The reason they fight fat is of their anti inflammatory properties, which will allow your weight loss hormones to work properly.

Perfectly ripened tomatoes don’t need much more attention. What I mean by attention is spices or condiments. I rather let the tomatoes speak for them self. Tomato crostini are a great way to portray that perfectly ripened tomato recipe. In case you are a vegetarian, exchange the cheese with tofu. Here are three different examples:

Healthy Tomato Crostini Three Ways

Healthy Tomato Crostini

Healthy Tomato Crostini Three Ways:

Tomato & Blue Cheese Crostini

Plum Tomato & Goat Cheese Crostini

Cherry Tomato & Basil Crostini

Healthy Tomato Crostini Three Ways

Tomato Crostini Devoured

Recipe:

Crostinis

1 French Bread sliced on a bias, aim for 12 slices. 4 slices for each recipe.

7 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

1 tbsp fresh oregano, finely chopped

1 cup olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

Mix garlic, herbs, salt, olive oil and let stand for at least 30 minutes.

With a brush spread the garlic oil on both sides of the bread slices. Bake them for 6-8 minutes at 365° Fahrenheit or until golden brown.

Tip: Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over crostini before baking. This will make a delightful crostini. Making Crostinis on a BBQ works well too. Place bread slices on medium hot grill and turn after 1.5 minute. Keep it longer on the grill for more charred flavor.

Balsamic Reduction

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tsp honey

Cook vinegar and honey over medium heat until reduced to half. Set a side to cool.

Tip: Aged balsamic works even better and you don’t have to reduce it, since it becomes sweeter through aging.


Tomato & Blue Cheese Crostini

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1 small red onion, finely diced

1 tsp finely chopped basil

Dash of olive oil

Dash of balsamic reduction

4 tbsp blue cheese, (Saga, Gorgonzola works fine)

4 tbsp cream cheese

4 tbsp Greek yogurt

Toss the first five ingredients together and set aside

With a fork mix the two cheeses with yogurt to a creamy paste and spread over 4 crostini. Then spoon the tomatoes on top of cheese.


Plum Tomato & Goat cheese Crostini

2 Plum Tomatoes, sliced and halved

3/4 cup of goat cheese

12 tbsp Greek yogurt

1/4 cup finely chopped chives

Combine goat cheese, yogurt and chives and spread a good amount over 4 crostini. Now place 3 or 4 slices of tomatoes in an angle over the goat cheese.

Cherry Tomato & Basil Crostini

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 red onion, finely sliced

1 tbsp basil, finely sliced

1/2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp balsamic reduction

Spoon tomato mixture over crostini. Assemble one of each tomato crostini on a plate with fresh basil and a few drops of balsamic reduction. Enjoy

 

How do you like to prepare your Tomato Crostini?

Do you buy organic or regular tomatoes?

 

 

Healthy Tomato Crostini Three Ways
Healthy Tomato Crostini Three Ways

Comments

  1. Tomato is always good choice for making food. I like tomato in many recipes, so I must try this one! It looks great! :)

  2. The tomato and goat cheese one for me, please. I wish I still grew tomatoes. The ones from the store never taste of anything.
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  3. Homegrown tomatoes are the best! Unfortunately, I don’t have a good spot to grown them in my yard, so I rely on the farmers’ market. All three crostini versions sound great. Love the blue cheese especially!
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  4. I love the look of your crostini and how wonderful that you grow your own tomatoes. I’m going to grow my own this season too, not only because of they’re so much better than what you buy in the shops but because tomatoes for some reason are incredibly expensive – $14/kilo for vine ripened.
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  5. Thank you. Who can afford tomatoes that expensive? 6 or 7 tomato plants will give you enough tomatoes during the season and maybe even more to make sauce from. Unfortunately they never last, because when ever the tomatoes are ripe we’ll eat them so fast whether raw or cooked.
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  6. I love Tomato Crostinis. It always seems to be a party favorite. I like the ones with goat cheese. Very funny – the empty plate – who had the pleasure of eating them?

  7. Me and my sons finished all tomato crostinis. I had only two, while they had the remaining 10 crostinis :-)
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