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Tomato Basil Bruschetta

  • 6 or 7 ripe plum tomatoes (about 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 baguette French bread or similar Italian bread
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  1. Cut tomatoes in halves or quarters and remove the seeds and juice from their centers. Also cut out and discard the stem area.
  2. Preheat oven to 450F
  3. While the oven is heating, chop up the tomatoes finely. Put tomatoes, garlic, 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, vinegar in a bowl and mix. Add the chopped basil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Slice the baguette on a diagonal about 1/2 inch thick slices. Coat one side of each slice with olive oil using a pastry brush. Place on a cooking sheet, olive oil side down. Toast for 5-6 minutes, until the bread just begins to turn golden brown.
  5. Arrange the bread on a serving platter, olive oil side up. Just before serving spoon some of the tomato topping on each slice of bread.
Published: Thursday, August 11th, 2011 by Kelly
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