Catalan-Style Bruschetta

Serves 5

This traditional Catalan dish is simple and versatile. In Spain, it would be equally appropriate for a second breakfast (desayuno), evening tapas, or along with other fare as a casual dinner. Supply grated Manchego cheese for topping, extra olive oil for dipping, and Cava (the Spanish equivalent of French champagne) and your backyard fiesta will have acquired a true Catalan flavor.

Ingredients: 
  • 6 ripe tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 baguette
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound prosciutto or Serrano ham, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half on the diagonal (large cloves)
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Method: 

Heat a grill to medium high temperature. Quarter tomatoes, remove inside seeds and juice from half of the quarters, and then sprinkle all over with salt and pepper. Put in a food processor and pulse several times until you have a coarse purée. Place in a serving bowl.

Slice bread on a diagonal in 3/4-inch thick pieces. Brush both sides of bread with olive oil and place on the grill, leaving for about 2 minutes and then flipping 45 degrees on the same side (to make a nice cross-hatched mark). Turn slices over and repeat on other side. Once all slices are grilled, take a clove of garlic and rub it lightly over one side of the toast. Place toast on a serving platter, garlic-rubbed side facing up. Top with a tablespoon of tomato mixture and a few prosciutto slices.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:280 calories (170 from fat), 19g total fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 35mg cholesterol, 1380mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 5g sugar), 15g protein
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