CROSTINI 1 cup black olives 2 tbs chopped shallot or onion 2 tbs capers, rinsed 1/4 tsp dried thyme 2 tbs extra-virgin olive oil 2 TO 3 tsp lemon juice or wine vinegar 16 thin slices of bread, cut a little less than 1/4″ THICK 1 OR 2 cloves garlic, cut in half 16 small ripe, firm tomatoes fresh basil leaves freshly ground pepper combine olives, shallot or onion, capers, thyme and olive oil in a food processor.
process to produce a smooth or textured paste, whichever you prefer. stir in lemon juice or vinegar to taste. set mixture aside.
toast bread on both sides and immediately rub with garlic. spread a thin layer of olive paste and top with a few slices of tomato. put a few basil leaves between the tomatoes.
pepper generously and serve. serves 16 = 97 CALORIES