Very sharp knife
Toasted slices of your favorite crusty bread and Fresh mozzarella
For the tomato mixture: In an appropriate sized serving bowl, combine chopped
tomatoes (cut to about the size of a kidney bean), thinly julienned (ribbons) basil leaves,
cheese, olive oil and seasonings and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit on counter for 1-3 hours, do not refrigerate.
If serving with bread: Set oven rack 6-7” away from oven ceiling,
preheat oven to 425°. Cut bread diagonally into ½” thick slices. Place on baking sheet
in a single layer and lightly brush them with olive oil. Bake until they start to color, about 5-10 minutes.
Serve warm or cooled with tomato mixture on top or on the side.
If you are serving toasted bread with mozzarella: Immediately after
removing bread from the oven, lay a single thin piece of cheese on top of the toast, followed by a
small scoop of tomato mixture. Serve.