Recipe: Crostini with roasted tomatoes and goat cheese

Recipe: Crostini with roasted tomatoes and goat cheese. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times / June 21, 2003)

Total time: 2 1/2 hours

Servings: 8 to 10

4 pounds plum tomatoes, preferably both gold and red

1 head garlic

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 cups olive oil

1 baguette

1/2pound fresh goat cheese

1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees. Slice the tomatoes in half lengthwise and arrange them cut-side up in an 11 1/2-by-14-inch baking pan, preferably earthenware. They should fit tightly.

2. Separate the garlic into cloves and peel the cloves. Scatter them among the tomatoes. Season the tomatoes liberally with salt and pepper and pour over enough olive oil to come at least halfway up the sides of the pan. Bake, uncovered, until the tomatoes turn golden brown on top, at least 2 hours. Cool for at least 10 minutes.

3. Cut the baguette on a bias into half-inch slices. Toast the bread until lightly browned on both sides.

4. To serve, use a fork to remove each tomato slice from the pan (allowing excess oil to drip back into pan) and place it on a slice of toasted bread. Top each with a dab of fresh goat cheese, about 2 teaspoons.

Each of 10 servings: 373 calories; 8 grams protein; 25 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams fiber; 28 grams fat; 7 grams saturated fat; 10 mg. cholesterol; 273 mg. sodium.