A simple and flavorful appetizer. It takes 20 minutes total and it's the perfect starter for a special occasion. And now would be a good time to use good quality extra virgin olive oil, because it will make all the difference. I have been using this recipe for a while, that is the result of several recipes put together.


  • 1 loaf of day-old bread
  • 1 medium size tomato
  • 75g fresh mozzarella
  • 1 garlic clove
  • olive oil, vinegar, salt, basil, q.s.


Start by slicing the bread 2-3cm (1in) thick.

Pour some olive oil in a bowl a season with salt.

Dip the bread slices on each side and place them in an oven rack. To avoid a messy oven, place an oven tray covered with parchment paper underneath the bread slices. Toast in a preheated oven to 180ºC (350ºF), until the bread turns golden.

While the bread is in the oven, slice the tomato in small cubes, pull the mozzarella apart in small pieces and mix with the tomato. Season with salt, olive oil, a little vinegar and chopped basil leaves.

Once the bread is toasted, remove it from the oven and rub it with the garlic on both sides (peel the garlic clove and slice it in half).

Place the tomato mixture on top of the bread.

And place the bread in the oven until the mozzarella melts. Drizzle some olive oil before serving.

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  1. Easy to make snacks and breakfast recipes are a delight. They look like pretty garden pizzas in your photographs. I am sure my daughter will enjoy making these treats with me.
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  2. Those look great!
    While I normally prefer to use fresh produce, in this case I've found that powdered garlic works better if you prefer a punch of garlic awesomeness. TAKE THAT, TASTE BUDS! Although I'm lazy so I prefer to use thin slices of tomato instead of chopping them into small cubes.
    There's also a Maltese variant without the mozzarella that I learnt some years ago where you use chopped capers instead of salt and add thinly sliced pit-less black olives.
    Also, open a tin of tuna and put some in a couple of slices if you want to try something new. yummy

    1. Hmm capers and olives. That sounds awesome. I'll give it a try. Thank you!