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My secret recipe for wowing the crowd

  • Prep time
    15 minutes
  • Cooking time
    20 minutes
  • 8 crostinis

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of Les Grains St-Méthode Multi-Cereal Bread
  • 24 cherry tomatoes
  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted and cut into quarters
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp.) olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and cut in half
  • 2 very ripe figs, quartered
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella
  • 16 basil leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Fleur de sel
  • Ground pepper
  • 1 drizzle balsamic reduction

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 220° C (450° F).

Place the cherry tomatoes and dates on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. Drizzle with 30 ml (2 tbsp.) of olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes.

In the meantime, remove the crust from each slice of bread, and cut in half, in the shape of a triangle. Save the crusts for making breadcrumbs (see the recipes for Texas-Style Chicken Drumsticks and Pasta alla Norma).

Using a pastry brush, lightly daub the triangles with oil and season them with salt. Toast them in the oven for 5 minutes or more. Rub the garlic clove on each of the croutons to flavour them.

Top each crouton with a fig piece and the mixture of roasted tomatoes and dates. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella. Finish with a few leaves of basil, and season with fleur de sel and a twist of ground pepper. Garnish with a drizzle of balsamic reduction.

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