Cilantro Canapes

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  • add   1 fresh jalapeno pepper
  • add   1 teaspoon sugar
  • add   5 cherry tomatoes
  • add   mint sprigs (optional)
  • add   1/4 cup salted peanuts
  • add   1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • add   2 cups lightly packed fresh cilantro
  • add   3/4 cup chopped cucumbers
  • add   1 tablespoon lime juice
  • add   1-2 tablespoon water
  • add   baguette (cut in 20 1/4-inch-thick slices)
  • add   1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Instructions

  1. To toast bread slices: Lightly brush both sides of bread slices with olive oil (3 to 4 tablespoons total). Arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat for 1 or 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn over bread slices. Broil 1 to 2 minutes more or until lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  2. In a food processor combine cilantro, mint, pepper, lime juice, sugar, and ginger. Cover, process until nearly smooth. Add peanuts; cover and process until combined. Add water until spreading consistency.
  3. Spread one side of each toasted baguette slice with some of the mixture. Top with the cucumber, tomato, and mint.