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Crostoni with Sicilian tomato pesto

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Written by Veronica Lavenia

Crostoni with Sicilian tomato pesto are a delicious appetizer. A few simple ingredients but, precisely for this reason, they must be of first quality. Organic tomatoes, fresh basil and rustic bread are essential for the success of the dish.

There are several versions of Sicilian pesto and almost all have tomatoes as a key ingredient. Pistacho and hazelnut are another important key factor for a great Sicilian pesto. Pistachio and hazelnuts release essential oils  that make the pesto particularly creamy, enhancing its taste. Failing that, choose good nuts, such as whole almonds or natural cashew that will ensure a strong  flavour and will provide consistency with pesto.

Ricotta is ideal in recipes like this but, for a vegan recipe, you can replace fresh ricotta and Parmigiano with some soft vegan cheese or a spoonful of vegan natural yogurt.

Crostoni with Sicilian tomato pesto: Ingredients

Serves 2

12 cherry or date tomatoes

20 basil leaves

100 g (3½ oz) fresh ricotta cheese (or vegan creamy cheese)

50 g (3½ oz) pistachios

50 g (2 oz oz) roasted hazelnuts

100 g (3½ oz) Parmigiano cheese, grated

Pinch of sea salt

White pepper, to taste

150 ml (5 fl oz) extra virgin olive oil

4 crusty bread slices

Crostoni with Sicilian tomato pesto: Method

  1. Cut the tomatoes in half and remove the insides.
  2. Using a food processor, process the tomatoes, basil, pistachio, hazelnuts, Parmigiano, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the olive oil and process until creamy.
  4. Spread the pesto sauce over bread and serve immediately.

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About the author

Veronica Lavenia

PhD (former University academic). Italian based food writer, food consultant and magazine contributor. Authors of six books (five cookbooks), some of her works have appeared and appears in the most popular International food magazine, as “Gluten-free Heaven”; "Vegetarian Living"; "Veggie Magazine"; "Lifestyle FOOD"; "Australian Good Food & Travel Guide; "Chickpea";" TML" (The Mediterranean lifestyle), among others.