Garlic Toast Appetizer With Almonds

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Pair a bread appetizer with an almond-based spread in place of butter to deliver a burst of pungent and nutty flavor, allowing your garlic toast to stand alone as its own dish or pair with an array of entrees, from seafood to pasta. You can whip up an almond-based pesto sauce within minutes, using cost-efficient almonds instead of pine nuts.

Things You'll Need

  • Italian bread loaf
  • Knife
  • Baking sheet
  • Basil
  • Garlic
  • Almonds
  • Food Processor
  • Olive Oil
  • Bowl
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Hard Italian cheese

Almond Pesto Garlic Toast

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice a fresh loaf of Italian bread lengthwise and place it on a baking sheet. Put the baking sheet on a middle rack and toast the bread for 3 minutes. Remove the bread from the oven.

  • In a food processor, combine 2 cups of fresh basil leaves, 2 cloves of garlic and 1/4 cup of almonds for every 1 cup of pesto you want to make. Puree the mixture until it has a coarse consistency.

  • Pour in 2/3 cup of olive oil while pureeing the mixture to emulsify. Puree until the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into a bowl and stir in salt, pepper and a hard, grated Italian cheese such as Parmigiana, Romano or Pecorino to taste.

  • Spread the almond basil pesto on the inside of the toasted loaf with a pastry brush. Toast the bread for 2-3 minutes until it is light golden brown in color. Slice the loaf horizontally into individual slices and serve.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can substitute less expensive almonds for pine nuts when making pesto, without modifying the texture.

References

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