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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Grill 3 mins

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Assemble these fresh tomato and basil appetizers in just 30 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium roma tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 1 - inch slices baguette-style French bread
  • 2 tablespoons garlic-flavored olive oil or olive oil
  • 2 ounces smoked mozzarella cheese, shredded (1/2 cup)
  • Fresh basil (optional)

Directions

  1. Wash tomatoes. To peel, dip tomatoes in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes or until skins start to split. Dip in cold water; skin, core, seed and chop tomatoes.
  2. For tomato topping: In a medium bowl, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, green onion, basil, parsley, vinegar and garlic. Add tomatoes; toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.
  3. For toast: Use the 2 tablespoons garlic-flavored olive oil to lightly brush both sides of each bread slice. For a charcoal grill, place bread slices on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes or until grill marks appear, turning once. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place bread slices on grill rack. Cover and grill as above.) (Or place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 4 minutes. Turn slices over and bake for 3 to 4 minutes more or until crisp and light brown.)
  4. To serve, use a slotted spoon to spoon about 2 tablespoons of the tomato topping onto each toast slice; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Garnish with fresh basil, if you like. Serve within 30 minutes. Makes 8 servings.

Variation

  • Warm Bruschetta Wedges: Prepare tomato topping as above except substitute 1 8-inch Italian bread shell (Boboli®) for the baguette-style French bread. Place bread shell on a lightly greased large baking sheet. Brush garlic-flavored olive oil over bread shell. Use a slotted spoon to spoon tomato topping over bread shell; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until warm and cheese softens slightly. Cut into 8 wedges. If you like, garnish with fresh basil. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

(Mama Carolla's Bruschetta)

Servings Per Recipe 8, sodium (mg) 225, fiber (g) 1, chol. (mg) 6, pro. (g) 6, cal. (kcal) 125, Fat, total (g) 7, carb. (g) 12

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