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Crostini with Arugula and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I love this starter course. It's spicy, sensual (sun-dried tomatoes, baby...) and so yummy, you'll want to serve it all the time. 

1 whole grain baguette, one half-inch diagonal slices
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
6-7 cups fresh arugula, rinsed very well, stems trimmed
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained well, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup walnut pieces, lightly pan toasted, coarsely chopped
4-5 sprigs fresh parsley, finely minced

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment. Lightly brush both sides of baguette slices with oil and arrange on baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with salt and bake until crisp and lightly browned at the edges, about 12 minutes. Towel dry and hand shred the arugula. Do not cut, as it can take on a metallic aftertaste. 

Place a small amount of oil, red pepper flakes and tomatoes in a skillet and turn heat to medium. When the tomatoes begin to sizzle, add a pinch of salt and saute for 1 minute. Add the walnut pieces, shredded arugula, season lightly with salt and saute until the arugula begins to wilt, 1-2 minutes. Do not overcook the greens. Spoon cooked vegetables onto the bread slices and serve immediately. Makes 8-10 servings.

Tip: To pan toast walnuts, simply heat a dry skillet over medium heat. Cook the walnut pieces, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 3-5 minutes.


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