3tablespoonsolive oil(divided) excellent quality, extra virgin
1lb.plum tomatoeschopped with juices reserved
6fresh basil leaveschopped
Ground black pepper
Preheat the oven broiler and move a rack to about 6 inches from the top. Slice the garlic cloves in half lengthwise.
Cut the bread into 1-inch slices. Very lightly brush the top of each slice with a little olive oil and arrange it on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Broil 2-3 minutes, just until golden brown. Work in batches if necessary.
Remove bread from the oven and immediately rub each slice with the cut side of a clove of garlic. You can usually use one clove for two to three pieces of bread. Set the bread aside.
Mince the garlic then combine it with the remaining oil, tomatoes, and basil in a non-reactive bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
To serve, arrange the bread slices on a platter, toasted side up. Spoon the topping onto the slices and enjoy.
To make ahead of time, or for smaller crowds, serve the topping in a bowl and allow guests to add it to their bread so it doesn't get soggy while it sits.