Use tomatoes held at room temperature until fully ripe. Core tomatoes; cut in 1/2 inch thick slices; set aside. Place spinach in a sieve; press out as much liquid as possible using the back of a large spoon. In a food processor or blender container combine spinach, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, basil, garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Cover; whirl until almost smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape sides of container; set aside. Preheat broiler to hot. Place bread cut side up under broiler, 20 to 30 seconds. Reduce oven temperature to 400F. With a spatula spread spinach mixture evenly over toasted sides of bread. Arrange tomato slices on top. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon cheese; drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
Makes 4 to 6 portions.
Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana