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Homemade Italian Bruschetta Appetizer

Whole Grain Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Fresh Basil

Bruschetta sounds fancy, looks beautiful, but it’s the easiest appetizer to make. If you can slice bread, toss a salad and put them together — voila! You’ve done it! It’s great for parties because you can slice up a whole French Baguette and make a tray full of bruschetta. For snacking purposes, just make two or three small slices and customize the toppings by using what you have in your kitchen.

Ingredients:

– 6 thin slices whole-grain (French baguette or Italian bread)
– 1 clove garlic
– 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
– 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
– 1 tablespoon, fresh chopped basil
– 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
– Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 450° Fahrenheit. Arrange the bread slices on a baking sheet. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes, or until bread looks lightly toasted.
2. Cut the garlic in half and rub the cut sides on each slice of bread. Drizzle the slices with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.
3. Toss the tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, and remaining olive oil together in a bowl. Divide this mixture between the bread slices, heaping it on top. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.