These pretty little tomato and basil toasts are both incredibly easy and incredibly elegant. While these would make for a quick and easy appetizer or a lovely and healthy light lunch, we served these alongside some Ohio sweet corn as a yummy vegetarian dinner. The tomatoes were so fresh and delicious I didn’t want to muck them up with too much unnecessary nonsense. I allowed the simple flavors of the tomatoes to shine, highlighted by the fresh basil and slightly salty cheese.
Tomato and Basil Toasts
4 slices whole wheat bread
1 tbs. butter, room temperature
2 tbs. olive oil, divided
1/4 cup Dubliner cheese, finely shredded
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small green heirloom tomato (ripe), quartered
1/2 cup basil leaves, roughly torn
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Mix together 1 tbs. olive oil, tomatoes, cheese, basil, and kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
Coat each side of the bread with the butter. Heat 1 tbs. olive oil over very high heat in a cast iron skillet. Toast bread 3 minutes per side until deep golden brown. Top with tomato and basil mixture. Serve immediately.