Bread "Gnocchi" with Tomato and Basil

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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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

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove the bread gnocchi and tomatoes from heat and transfer to a flameproof 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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