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Olivata Croutons


  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Eight 1/4 inch thick baguette slices
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not oil packed)
  • Boiling water
  • 1/2 cup pitted Calamata olives (about 5 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


Make ahead: The olivata can be refrigerated for 3 days. The croutons can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature, also for 3 days.

Preheat the oven to 400°. Lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil spray. Arrange the baguette slices on the baking sheet, lightly coat with olive oil spray and bake for about 7 minutes, or until the toasts are golden crisp. Let cool completely on the baking sheet.

In a small bowl, soak the sun-dried tomatoes in the boiling water until plump, about 10 minutes; drain well. In a mini- processor, combine the sun-dried tomatoes with the olives, basil, olive oil and garlic and pulse until finely chopped but not pureed. Transfer to a small bowl and season with salt and pepper. Spread each crouton with 1 tablespoon of the olivata mixture and serve.