Ingredients: 2 cups, cherub tomatoes (cherry tomatoes), halved 1/2 cup, sweet onion (Vidalia or red onion), chopped Grated zest of 1/2 lemon Grated zest and juice of 1/4 orange 4 tablespoons, basil pesto divided 3 tablespoons, extra-virgin olive oil, divided Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 10 (1/8-inch-thick) slices country bread from a large round loaf Mayonnaise – as needed Grated Parmesan cheese – as needed
Preparation: Position an oven rack about 8 inches below the broiler element and preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
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Arrange the tomatoes, cut sides up, and onions on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with half of the lemon zest and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper. Broil until soft and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; keep warm.
Brush both sides of each bread slice with some of the remaining olive oil (you will need about 3 tablespoons in all). Set on another baking sheet; broil until golden brown on one side, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn over; broil until golden brown on the other side, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Keep warm while grilling additional bread slices; if necessary use more than one baking sheet to avoid crowding.
Combine the tomatoes, onions, orange juice and zest, 2 tablespoons of the basil pesto, and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise in a medium bowl; toss to coat well. Season with salt and pepper.
Layer 3 bread slices on each of 4 plates; spread some of the tomato mixture over each slice. Spoon any remaining juices from the bowl over the bread on each plate. Repeat once more with another layer of 3 bread slices per plate, topping them evenly with more tomato mixture and seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Grate Parmesan cheese over top as desired before serving immediately.