Today, I know this Balsamic Bruschetta was one of the easiest recipes I could have ever messed up!
But as the first party recipe I ever made, and lit on fire, I now realize that teenage me wasn't prepared to use the High Broil function. Somehow in the instructions my mom gave me, I "overcooked" the crostini. (Just a little...) Bruschetta is my favorite appetizer to serve, and seriosuly one of the simplest. The flavors are fresh and herby from the romas and basil. My favorite balsamic is the Wegman's brand one - but any will work. This quick recipe can be made ahead for even better flavor, or whipped up on the spot in 10 minutes for your surprise guests.
Servings: 8-10 Time: 10-15 minutes
5 roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 large red onion, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 cloves fresh garlic, diced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup fresh basil OR 1/8 cup of dried basil
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
In a bowl, mix the diced tomato, diced red onion, olive oil, balsamic, garlic, salt & pepper together. Add more salt & pepper to taste. (If making ahead, cover & put in the fridge.)
Slice baguette into 1" thick pieces on a diagonal for maximum topping space.
Roll fresh basil leaves together and slice into thin strips.
Mix basil into the tomato mixture.
Toast the baguette slices on high broil for 5-6 minutes, or until golden brown. Carefully keep your eye on them!
Let cool for 2-3 minutes. Top the baguette slices with tomato mix & Parmesan. Serve immediately.