Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Cheesy Tomato Melts

As shared by Mari @ Once Upon a Plate
Adapted from "Gathering in the Garden" by Shelly Snow & Elaine Husband

Cheesy Tomato Melts

1 (16 ounce) loaf garlic bread, split  
---(I just make my own garlic butter and lightly spread on a split 16 ounce loaf)
2 Tablespoons good mayonnaise (not sandwich spread)
1/2 cup basil, torn or chopped
3 medium tomatoes, sliced
1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
Salt and Pepper to taste
8 ounces aged white cheddar cheese, grated (or your favorite cheese)

Preheat 450º(F)
Cut each half loaf into three pieces. Bake, cut side up, for 4 minutes. Spread with
mayonnaise and sprinkle with basil. Top with tomatoes, bacon, salt and pepper.
Sprinkle with cheese and bake 2 more minutes.

My variation:
Bake the split garlic bread as directed. Slice the split loaves into 1 1/2 to 2-inch wide slices.
I coarsely chopped (and drained) the tomatoes so they would fit more evenly on the bread. 
Proceed with recipe.
Optional: Thread whole fresh basil leaves on wooden skewers and place in bread vertically to represent sails.