The flavour of pesto is so powerful that it can be used in very small amounts to good effect, as
in these tasty snacks.

2 thick slices crusty bread
45 ml/3 tbsp cream cheese or fromage frais
10 ml/2 tsp red or green pesto
1 beef tomato
1 red onion
salt and freshly ground black pepper
chopped basil, to garnish
Serves 2
Toast the bread slices until golden brown on both sides. Leave to cool.
Mix together the cheese and pesto in a small bowl until well blended, then spread thickly on the toasted bread.
Using a large sharp knife, cut the beef tomato and red onion crossways into thin slices.
Arrange the tomato and onion slices, overlapping, on the toast and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a grill rack and heat through under a hot grill. Serve, garnished with chopped basil.

Almost any type of crusty bread can be used for this recipe, but Italian olive oil bread and French bread will give the best flavour.