Basil Recipe

Black Pepper-Basil Farmer’s Cheese Bruschetta with Tomato

Recipe courtesy Bobby Flay


  • 8 ounces fresh farmer’s cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for bread
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, plus more for bread and garnish
  • 8 slices French baguette, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 4 whole cloves garlic
  • cherry tomatoes, quartered


Place cheese, basil, and lemon zest in a food processor and process until smooth. Add 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and pulse 2 times to incorporate.


Heat grill to high. Brush bread with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and rub with garlic cloves. Grill bread on each side for 1 minute or until slightly charred. Spread each slice with some of the farmer’s cheese mixture and top with tomato and more cracked black pepper.

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