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Crostini with Spicy Topping – Crostini Piccanti

One of the most important elements of Tuscan cooking is bread-wonderful, unsalted, hard, crusty bread that appears on the dinner table in many disguised ways. Crostini with Spicy Topping is one of hundreds of variations of the Tuscan bread options. This wonderful Crostini with Spicy Topping recipe is so well mixed and camouflaged with other ingredients that it makes it one of my favorite dishes.

250 grams loosely packed shredded Italian bread without its crust
60 ml red wine vinegar
80 ml extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste diluted in ½ cup water
60 gr finely minced fresh tomatoes
30 gr finely minced red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
3 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Salt to taste
Pinch of dried red pepper flakes
20 small, thin slices toasted or grilled Italian bread

Place the shredded Italian bread in a medium-size bowl with the vinegar and let soak for 10 minutes. Squeeze the bread with your hands to remove the excess vinegar. Wipe the bowl clean and return the bread to the bowl with the olive oil, tomato paste mixture, tomatoes, onion, parsley, capers and garlic,
season with salt and red pepper. Mix well with a wooden spoon to completely blend all the ingredients.
Spread the topping over the toasted Italian bread and serve.

Makes 20 Crostini with Spicy Topping