Bruschetta with Tomato-Basil Topping
In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, basil, olive oil, the 2 teaspoons minced garlic, the 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Set aside.Advertisement
For garlic butter:
In a small bowl, combine softened butter, the 1 teaspoon garlic, the 1/8 teaspoon salt, and the 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.
Evenly spread garlic butter on one side of bread slices. For charcoal grill, grill bread slices, buttered side down, on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium-low to low coals for 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn over and spoon the topping onto each bread slice. Sprinkle with cheese. Grill, covered, 3 to 4 minutes more or just until heated through and bottoms are toasted. Watch bread closely so it does not char. (For a gas grill, preheat grill on high for 10 to 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low to low. Place bread slices on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.)
Remove from grill. Serve immediately. Makes 8 appetizer servings.