Soft Italian bread with a garlic Parmesan cream cheese spread. These mini Italian tomato sandwiches with fresh parsley make a great appetizer or lunch.
2 fresh garden tomatoes + 1-6 clove fresh garlic
1 bunch fresh basil + Extra virgin olive oil
1 loaf Italian bread + Salt and Pepper. All ingredients in this recipe are to taste.
Assume that each person will eat at least a half loaf sandwich.
Build these sandwiches immediately before serving.
Slice tomatoes to 1/4 or 1/2 inch slices.
Crush lots of fresh garlic cloves.
Chop some basil leaves leave some whole for decoration.
Cut the loaf of Italian bread in half crosswise.
Slice each half loaf lengthwise but NOT all the way through as you would for a sub sandwich. Open each half loaf flat.
Drizzle a good amount of olive oil on both sides of the loaf.
Spread fresh garlic (to taste) on the bottom of the loaf.
Spread some chopped basil (to taste) on the bottom of the loaf.
Lay tomato slices on the bottom of loaf slightly overlapping.
Add more garlic if desired.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Add some whole basil leaves for decoration.
Serve open for eye appeal.