16 fresh ripe plum tomatoes, very finely diced
4 tablespoons finely minced garlic
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Thirty-two 1/4 -inch-thick slices French or Italian baguette
6 garlic cloves, cut in half
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the tomato, minced garlic, basil, parsley, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss very well and set aside for at least 3 hours.
- Just before serving, toast the bread and rub on one side with the cut sides of the garlic cloves. Place a small bowl in the center of a serving platter. Fill the bowl with the tomato mixture and arrange the toast around the bowl. Serve immediately.