A party starter that is simple to make, you can even snack on this anytime.
What you need:
cutting board, bread knife, olive oil, salt, pepper, baking sheets, serving platters, and toppings
Make 1/2 inch thick diagonal slices of crusty baguettes or Italian breads. Arrange slices on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush the bread with extra virgin olive oil (you may want to rub a garlic clove cut in half or top with chopped herbs) and lightly toast them in the oven, 325 F, about 6 to 10 minutes (watch closely as not to burn the baguette slices). Or you can brown in toaster oven.
2 cups chopped ripe tomatoes
freshly squeezed juice of half lemon
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
paprika, salt and pepper to taste
splash of balsamic vinegar (for sweetness, if desired)
Stir and allow to marinate to develop flavors
Place toasted baguette slices on your serving plate and put a heaping tablespoon of marinated toppings. Garnish with strips of roasted pepper, chunks of fresh mozzarella, chopped basil leaves (and endless variety of toppings, check your pantry). I usually squeeze more lemon juice on top. Serve immediately.