Bread "Gnocchi" with Tomato and Basil

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 8 slices day old, good quality Italian bread
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 3 turns of the pan
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (2-ounce cans) tomato sauce
  • 3 small plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • Several fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella, smoked mozzarella or provolone cheese
Directions

Preheat broiler.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Chop bread into bite size pieces. Add extra-virgin olive oil, butter and garlic to the skillet. Melt butter into oil then add the bread. Season the bread with salt and pepper. Toss and cook the bread 7 to 8 minutes then add the tomato sauce and fresh tomatoes. Turn to coat and warm the tomato sauce, 3 to 4 minutes.

Remove the bread gnocchi and tomatoes from heat and transfer to a casserole dish, top with basil then cover the dish with cheese. Place the casserole under the broiler and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until the cheese browns and bubbles. Serve immediately.


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