I love serving bruschetta to guests. It is simple, elegant, tasty and even kid friendly if I restrain myself on the garlic. And although it makes a fabulous appetizer, it can also be a lovely lunch when served with a Caesar salad.
In a bowl, combine:
- 3 large fresh tomatoes, diced
- one bell pepper, diced
- one small onion, finely diced
- 3 cloves of garlic,minced
- one handful of fresh herbs such as basil, oregano and parsley
- juice from half a lemon
- 1 tsp kosher salt and plenty of fresh ground black pepper
Lightly toast slices of a good homemade or artisan bread in a toaster and lay out on a baking pan.
Put your topping mixture on bread and add some sliced mozzarella cheese.
Place under broiler for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve while still warm if you can.
Make ahead tips:
- Before guests arrive, mix your topping, toast bread and arrange on baking pans, and slice your cheese.
- Pile on the topping and cheese after guests arrive to keep bread from getting soggy, and then pop under the broiler for a couple minutes. (but keep a close eye on it so that it doesn't burn!!!)
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