Prep Time15 minutes
Cooking Time10 minutes
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves fresh garlic, pressed or minced
1/2 yellow onion, minced
2 cans PEARLS Chopped Black Olives
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 baguette, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
2 Tbsp olive oil for brushing, in a small bowl
1 Tbsp fresh basil, minced (optional)
1 tub cream cheese
1 jar sliced roasted red peppers, drained
Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly brush one side of each bread slice with olive oil. Arrange on the baking sheet and bake until golden and crispy (6-10 minutes).
While the bread is crisping, combine the oil, garlic, onion and chopped olives in a large sauté pan. Cook over medium heat until fragrant and soft. Stir in the balsamic vinegar, simmer a few more minutes. Stir in the pine nuts. Set aside.
Remove bread from the oven, and let cool until easy to handle. Spread a layer of cream cheese on each slice, and then spoon olive mixture on top. Top with minced basil and a few pepper strips.