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Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck's Spicy Tomato and Basil Bruschetta


Claim to fame: Puck is the owner of Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills and has catered the post-Academy Awards celebrity banquet for the past 14 years.

Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck's Spicy Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck's Spicy Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck's Spicy Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

Ingredients

•12, 1-inch thick slices, country-style Italian bread
•3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
•1 tablespoon roasted garlic
•3 tablespoons julienned basil, for garnish
•4 ripe tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/2-inch dice
•1/2 cup oven-dried tomatoes, coarsely chopped
•1 tablespoon Wolfgang Puck Tomato Basil Sauce
•1/2 cup julienned basil leaves
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
•1/4 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper flakes

Directions

1. Pre-heat broiler or grill.2. In medium bowl combine fresh and oven-dried tomatoes, sauce, basil, salt and black and red peppers. Set aside.3. Broil or grill bread until golden brown on both sides. In small bowl combine extra-virgin olive oil and roasted garlic.4. Brush over toasted bread slices.5. Using a slotted spoon to drain off excess liquid, divide tomato mixture among bread slices. Garnish with extra julienned basil leaves, if desired, and serve immediately. Serves 6.