Bruschetta with Tomato-Basil Topping
Recipe from Midwest Living

French bread slices are topped with garlic butter and a fresh tomato-basil topper for this grilled appetizer.

Bruschetta with Tomato-Basil Topping

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  • 1   cup 
    chopped, peeled and seeded roma tomatoes
  • 1/2  cup 
    snipped fresh basil
  • 1   tablespoon 
    olive oil
  • 2   teaspoons 
    minced garlic
  • 1/4  teaspoon 
  • 1/4  teaspoon 
    freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4  cup 
    butter, softened
  • 1   teaspoon 
    minced garlic
  • 1/8  teaspoon 
  • 1/8  teaspoon 
    freshly ground black pepper
  • 1  16  ounce loaf 
    baguette-style French bread (about 20 to 24 inches long), bias-sliced 3/4-inch thick
  • 1/2  cup 
    freshly shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese
For topping:

In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, basil, olive oil, the 2 teaspoons minced garlic, the 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Set aside.
For garlic butter:

In a small bowl, combine softened butter, the 1 teaspoon garlic, the 1/8 teaspoon salt, and the 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.
Evenly spread garlic butter on one side of bread slices. For charcoal grill, grill bread slices, buttered side down, on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium-low to low coals for 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn over and spoon the topping onto each bread slice. Sprinkle with cheese. Grill, covered, 3 to 4 minutes more or just until heated through and bottoms are toasted. Watch bread closely so it does not char. (For a gas grill, preheat grill on high for 10 to 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low to low. Place bread slices on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.)
Remove from grill. Serve immediately. Makes 8 appetizer servings.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 256, Fat, total (g) 11, chol. (mg) 20, carb. (g) 32, fiber (g) 2, pro. (g) 8, sodium (mg) 612, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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