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Valentine Tostadas

February 10, 2009

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Elizabeth W. Gift Baskets!

I know it’s corny, but it was so easy to make this appetizer into a heart shape that I couldn’t resist. Remember how you used to make a Valentine by folding a piece of paper in half and cutting out the half-heart shape, then unfolding to reveal a complete heart? Do the same thing with a large flour tortilla and you’ve got the base for this irresistible, healthy hors d’ oeuvre. Of course, if you can’t find your scissors, it tastes just as good in a round shape.  

VALENTINE TOSTADAS

(Makes 4 large tostadas)

Ingredients

1 cup diced seeded plum tomatoes (about 4)

½ cup pitted, coarsely chopped Kalamata olives

1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced

½ cup yellow pepper, coarsely chopped

½ cup jarred roasted red peppers, drained and sliced

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

4 small cloves roasted garlic 

4 large (10-inch) flour tortillas

½ cup shredded mozzarella

½ cup crumbled feta cheese

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Stir tomatoes, olives, onion, yellow and red peppers and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a small bowl to blend. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper. Fold each tortilla in half (if making hearts), cut into heart shapes and unfold. Place two tortillas on each of the two baking sheets.
  2. Squeeze a clove of roasted garlic onto each tortilla and use your fingers to smear it over the tortilla. Brush each tortilla lightly with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle each with the mozzarella. Top with the tomato mixture, spreading almost to the edges. Sprinkle with the feta.
  3. Bake for 8 minutes or until tortilla is crisp and browned around the edges and cheese is melted. Sprinkle the parsley on top, slice into wedges and serve.

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