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Tomato Bruschetta

Tomato Bruschetta

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Joy Cowling Andrews

This recipe has been modified slightly over tim, but is always a winner, whether for an appetizer or main dish. It even works with winter store-bought tomatoes. The vinegar and basil bring out the flavors.

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  • Calories:
  • 248 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 12.2 g
  • 19%
  • Carbs:
  • 28.8g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 6.5 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 313 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Combine tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, basil, and garlic; let tomato mixture rest for 15 to 30 minutes.
  2. Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.
  3. Arrange French bread slices on a large baking sheet; drizzle with 1/4 cup olive oil.
  4. Toast bread in preheated oven until lightly browned, about 1 minute on each side. Top bread slices with tomato mixture using a slotted spoon, allowing excess liquid to drain. Return bread to baking sheet and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  5. Broil in preheated oven until cheese melts, about 3 minutes. Serve immediately.
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Reviews

lutzflcat
9
1/8/2013

Just REALLY good! The next time that I make this, I'll try using white balsamic because you will lose the vibrant red color if it sits too long. White is milder in flavor, but it would be worth it to keep this bruschetta's eye appeal.

*Sherri*
3
8/30/2014

I made this for the Recipe group selection of the week. Instead of heating the house up with the oven, we made this on the gas grill. Turned out perfect using an Italian bread loaf. Cut the loaf down the middle and brush the olive oil on each half, place right on grill for only a minute to toast. Remove the bread and cut into smaller slices and place on a foil lined metal cookie sheet, top with the tomato mixture and cheese. Cook over indirect heat at 400° until the cheese melts. Took about 12 minutes. I just drizzled the oil and vinegar over my tomato mixture, but doubt it was anywhere near 1/4 cup each, still very refreshing flavor after sitting for an hour.

SHORECOOK
3
8/24/2014

I made this for the RECIPE GROUP. I followed the recipe using all the ingredients; but, because I wanted a cold appetizer, I used the mozzarella as a garnish rather than melting it in the oven. I only used the flesh of the tomato not the seeds or juice. When it first got done, I was very disappointed in the taste. I just didn't like the pepper, it was too strong. (Perhaps my fault) After refrigeration of a few hours, it was "knock your socks off" good! All the flavors blended and it was totally delicious! I served the bruschetta separate, as I didn't want the bread to get soggy. I will be using this recipe often, infact I'll be making it again tomorrow. Thank you Joy for sharing!