Servings: Makes 8 Servings (About 24 pieces)
1. To make tomatoes: Preheat oven to 250°. Line 2 baking sheets with wire racks. Arrange tomatoes cut side up on racks. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Bake 8 or 9 hours until tomatoes are shriveled and dry but not hard or crisp. Some tomatoes will dry sooner than others; check every 30 minutes during last 2 hours of baking, and remove them as they are done. Set aside to cool. Place tomatoes in an airtight container and add olive oil to cover completely.
2. To make bruschetta: Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange bread on a baking sheet. (You should have about 24 slices.) Brush both sides lightly with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Bake until crisp, about 6 minutes per side. Arrange slices on a serving platter.
3. Using the same baking sheet, scatter almonds and bake until fragrant and beginning to color, 8 to 10 minutes. When cool enough to handle, finely chop and place in a small bowl.
4. In a small skillet set over medium heat, toast bread crumbs, stirring until golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and garlic; cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in parsley, salt, and pepper. Add to almonds and stir together until combined.
5. Pat tomatoes dry and coarsely chop. Right before serving, top bread slices with tomatoes and arugula, dividing evenly. Sprinkle on 1 teaspoon bread crumb mixture per toast. Lightly drizzle all with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil.
From the August 2008 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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