Bruschetta Recipe

by Martha
(Santa Barbara)

If you've never made a bruschetta recipe (or even if you have) this one is especially very tasty. It includes chopped tomatos served on top of crusty, toasted italian bread. It is a must- try for lots of occasions, and is sure to go fast!
You can use it either as a healthy appetizer or even as a side dish. And it is a great finger food. No need for utensils.

FIRST
In a bowl, make a mixture of the following ingredients:
chopped fresh tomatoes (in small pieces)
chopped basil (as much as suits your taste)
olive oil and balsamic vinegar (not too soupy)
minced garlic (as much as suits you)
a dash of salt.
(Just adjust the ingredient quantities to YOUR taste).
Be sure to let mixture sit for awhile to give a chance for the tomatoes to absorb all the different flavors. This is an important step, or it won't be a flavorful. You can refrigerate it too.

SECOND
(Time this for shortly before serving)
Prepare the toasted bread by slicing a baguette (or your favorite long bread loaf) into slices about 1/2" thick. You may want to cut the slices in half, depending on the size of the loaf. The final product is meant to be picked up as finger food.
Brush the pieces with a little olive oil and shake on a bit of garlic powder and also some grated parmesan cheese. (I suggest not a lot of garlic since you also put some in the tomato mixture.)
Toast it in the oven until it just browns, at 350F degrees.

THIRD
Spoon the tomato mixture on the toasted bread slices and it is ready to serve! These will be a hit no matter where you serve them, whether for family or ball games or parties. They will go really fast. It's like you can't eat just one.

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