|ITALIAN APPETIZER WEDGES
1 refrigerated pie crust, softened
1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3 Italian plum tomatoes, seeded, diced
1 Italian plum tomato, sliced, if desired
8 fresh basil leaves, if desired
Heat oven to 400°F. Remove crust from pouch; unfold crust. Place on
ungreased cookie sheet; press out fold lines With rolling pin, roll to form
In medium bowl, combine bread crumbs, chopped basil, Romano
cheese, salt, pepper, ricotta cheese and oil; mix well. Stir in diced
tomatoes. Spoon and spread over crust to within 3-inches of edge. Fold
edge of crust 3-inches over filling; crimp crust slightly.
Bake at 400°F. for 25 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 15
minutes. Cut into wedges. Garnish with tomato slices and basil leaves.
Serve warm or cool.
Makes 12 servings.
Submitted by: Ruth Flores