Lots of basil in your garden? What to do? This recipe is a little different and so easy.
1/2 c Italian dressing (from a bottle or homemade)
1/4 c fresh basil leaves
12 slices French bread, 1/4″ thick (or consider cucumber or zucchini slices – use your imagination)
1 c salsa
4oz cream cheese
1 t grated Parmesan cheese
Place dressing and basil in blender container; cover. Blend to form a paste. Spread about 1/4 t of the dressing mixture onto each bread slice. Broil 4″ from heat about 1 minutes or until lightly toasted. Set aside.
Pour salsa into small shallow ovenproof dish. Place cream cheese in center of salsa; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Broil 5 minutes or until golden brown. Garnish with additional chopped fresh basil, if desired.
Arrange toast slices around edge of platter. Serve with cream cheese mixture.