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Black Pepper-Basil Farmer's Cheese Bruschetta with Tomato

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  • Yield: 4 servings
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8 ounces fresh farmer's cheese

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest

1 teaspoon salt, plus more for bread

1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, plus more for bread and garnish

8 slices French baguette, sliced 1/2-inch thick

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

4 whole cloves garlic

8 cherry tomatoes, quartered


  1. Place cheese, basil, and lemon zest in a food processor and process until smooth. Add 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and pulse 2 times to incorporate.
  2. Heat grill to high. Brush bread with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and rub with garlic cloves. Grill bread on each side for 1 minute or until slightly charred. Spread each slice with some of the farmer's cheese mixture and top with tomato and more cracked black pepper.