I don’t care who you are… I defy you not to love this wonderful, Italian-flavour inspired appetizer. The perfect duo of Tomato and Basil are paired up for a wonderful pre-dinner treat!
2 Roma tomatoes, peeled, seed and diced
1 Clove Garlic, mashed
3 Tbsp Fresh Basil Leaves, finely chopped
2 Tbsp Good Quality Olive Oil
1 Tsp Red Wine Vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/4 Cup Finely grated Parmesan Cheese (freshly grated ~ even better!)
White or Whole Wheat Crunchy Baguette, sliced into 1/2″ rounds on the diagonal
More Olive Oil for drizzling
Heat oven to 375F°.
Spread baguette rounds onto a foiled lined cookie sheet. Drizzle Olive Oil over bread slices and bake in the oven for about 5 minutes to toast (careful they do not burn). Remove from oven, flip the pieces over and set aside.
Combine Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic, the 2 tbsp of Olive Oil, Red Wine Vinegar and the Salt & Pepper; mix well.
Top each baguette round with a generous teaspoon of bruschetta mix, sprinkle with grated Parmesan Cheese.
Place back in the oven for about 5-8 minutes to toast the bottoms of the baguettes and melt the cheese on the topping.
Serve immediately and enjoy!