Having great-grandparents that came to America from Bari, Italy has really shaped my cooking style. Growing up, I would watch my aunt create delicious Italian dishes and that’s truly what sparked my interest in cooking. I am constantly drawn to creating my own twist on classic Italian meals.
Today I am sharing with you my favorite Italian Appetizer, Balsamic Bruschetta.
Wash all vegetables
Dice all 3 Roma Tomatoes
Halve the Onion,then finely chop. (no need to use the entire onion for this unless serving a large party)
Mince 4 cloves of garlic (Be liberal with the garlic)
Finely chop the basil until you have about ⅓ cup
Freshly grate Parmesan Cheese to fill ¼ cup
Turn your oven to broil
As your oven is heating up, slice the French Baguette each slice being about an inch thick into a crostini
After you have sliced the Baguette place evenly apart on a lined or pre-greased baking tray
Grab a medium size bowl and combine the tomatoes, diced onion, ½ of the minced garlic, chopped basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
Refrigerate mixture for about an hour. This allows the marinade to settle and soak up all the flavor
Grab a small microwavable mixing bowl and put 2 tbsp of butter, drizzle of olive oil, remaining garlic, and salt and pepper to taste
Microwave until butter is melted (usually about 45 seconds ). Stir and set aside
Now it is time to make the balsamic glaze.
In a small saucepan, Bring ½ cup of balsamic vinegar to a boil. Cook for about 4 minutes until the sauce cooks down.
Pour balsamic glaze into a bowl and set aside. It will continue to thicken once it is removed from heat.
Brush both sides of the sliced crostini with the garlic butter mixture.
Place the tray of butter crostinis in the oven.
Let broil for 1 minute per side. (Make sure to take out of oven, flip with tongs, and place back in oven)
Keep an eye on it while it is broiling since all ovens are different. You want it to be golden brown- not burnt.
Once both sides of the crostini are golden brown remove from the oven.
Now grab the tomato mixture and use a spoonful to top each crostini.
Grab serving plate and place bruschetta nicely on plate to impress your guests.
Get a spoonful of the balsamic reduction and drizzle lightly over each crostini in a zig-zag motion.
Lastly, garnish with fresh chopped basil or parsley.
Serve and enjoy!
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