Friday, December 23, 2011


Merry Christmas!  Here's a tasty and festive-looking appetizer for your Christmas weekend.  I searched through several recipes for how to make the topping and then just went with it.  Yummy!

  • 1 (12 to 16-inch) baguette
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano, plus more for topping
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Cut the baguette in medium slices, place on a sheet tray and bake in the oven until lightly brown. Sprinkle a bit of cheese on each slice.  Return to oven to melt cheese.
In a medium bowl, add the tomatoes, minced garlic, basil, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and let sit for at least 5 minutes at room temperature.
Remove baguette slices from oven and top with the tomato mixture. Sprinkle a little more cheese on top and enjoy!

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