The following recipe was made for my Food Network Chefs Dinner. You can read about it and get other recipes made for the event HERE.
shared at the event by Joelen
(adapted from a Rachel Ray recipe, found HERE)
2 pints grape tomatoes
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 loaf sesame semolina bread (I used split hot dog buns)
2 cloves garlic, halved
4 scallions, finely chopped
1/2 cup basil leaves, thinly sliced
Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Coat the tomatoes in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast 20 minutes to concentrate the flavor and burst the tomatoes.
Cut 2 large “planks” of bread each 1-inch thick by slicing the bread lengthwise horizontally. Reserve the rest of the loaf for another use. (Use each half of hot dog bun as a plank.)
When you remove the tomatoes from the oven, switch on broiler. Char bread on both sides then rub hot bread with cut garlic.
In a bowl, lightly mash the roasted tomatoes and combine with scallions and basil. Top the large planks with tomato mixture then cut each giant crostini into 4 pieces, 8 pieces total.