Tomato Caprese Toasted French Bread

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Well I tried going gluten-free for a day until I made this..How can anyone resist toasted bread!? Not only does it taste good but the aroma of bread in the oven is heavenly. Bread is definitely something I can consider one of my favorite indulgences and I’m sure it has something to do with being Italian. I came up with this recipe one night when I was originally going to make me and my fiance’s favorite, caprese salad.  I also felt like making garlic bread for us but instead I combined the two. Sometimes the easiest and simplest recipes end up being the most delicious.

Yield: 6

Ingredients:
1 fresh loaf of fresh bread
2 ripe tomatoes; thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic; chopped
2 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp Fresh Pesto
10-12 slices of fresh mozzarella cheese
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Fresh basil; chopped

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350. Slice bread in half; lengthways
2. Drizzle olive oil and spread pesto on both slices of bread evenly.
3. Sprinkle chopped fresh garlic on both sides. Season with garlic salt and pepper and place cheese and tomato slices on accordingly. Top with fresh basil.
3. Bake for 10 minutes and then turn the broil on to high and broil for 4 minutes of until cheese is completely melted or a light brown toasted color. Let cool, cut, and serve!

*For extra flavor, you can drizzle basalmic vinegar before cutting into slices.
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