Recipe by Kathy Bias
"Simple appetizer - the balsamic vinegar gives it a little kick. Best if the mixture has 1 or 2 hours to blend flavors before serving."
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roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
chopped fresh basil
shredded Parmesan cheese
freshly ground black pepper
French bread, toasted and sliced
Makes the perfect light appetizer/snack! I took the advice of others & threw in an extra handful of parm, just because i love cheese. I also toasted the bread w/ a drizzle of olive oil & a sprinkle of garlic powder, dried basil & parsley. Irresistable! Thank you!
The only real way to serve this without the bread getting moist at all is to deseed the tomatoes and dice up the tomato flesh only. This is the only way that real Italian restaurants would serve it. Rub the sliced bread with a slice of garlic. Lightly toast the bread under a grill. Retreave bread from grill and place toppings on except the olive oil. Lastly, drizzle lightly over all with a little, but good, olive oil. Serve immediately.
Absolutely delicious. I experimented with this several ways, i.e. untoasted bread, toasted, putting the topping on top of untoasted bread and heating all the ingredients. All work but the toasted bread, cool toppings was best in our opinion. I also did a batch omitting the tomatoes and this was great as well. Love this recipe. Plan on making a huge batch and keeping it in the refrigerator for even a quicker appetizer. Very easy and quick. THANK YOU!
I made this for a bridal shower, and it was a hit. I prepared the tomato mix the night before and toasted the bread about 15 minutes before the party started. I liked the cold mix on the warm bread. I also appreciated that this could be prepared the day before!
I made this exactly as written except I tripled it(needed to serve 22 people)and it was PERFECT! I served this on Panetini Toast(from Costco). I suggest squeezing most of the liquid out of each tomato before chopping.You don't want to have too much liquid diluting the ingredients and making the bread soggy.
This is great! I added 1/2 red onion though...and it was just enough. Also, I spooned the mixture onto the slices bread and baked it in the oven for 10 minutes...perfect. Enjoy!
This was really good although it was a little bland - I threw in some balsamic viniagrette in the morning and it was awesome. I used this in a sandwich with really good ciabatta bread, proscuitto, and fresh mozzarella. Mmm.
This is awesome! The only things that I added was 1/4 of a diced sweet onion (a Vidalia), and I just topped my bruschetta pieces w/the parmesan as opposed to adding it to the mix. The balsamic vinegar gives it a bite that you don't get otherwise. Thanks Kathy!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 22
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