Casual Bruschetta…anytime!

CASUAL BRUSCHETTA
A party starter that is simple to make, you can even snack on this anytime.

What you need:
cutting board, bread knife, olive oil, salt, pepper, baking sheets, serving platters, and toppings

Bread Preparation:
Make 1/2 inch thick diagonal slices of crusty baguettes or Italian breads.   Arrange slices on a lightly greased baking sheet.  Brush the bread with extra virgin olive oil (you may want to rub a garlic  clove cut in half or top with chopped herbs) and lightly toast them in the oven, 325 F, about 6 to 10 minutes (watch closely as not to burn the baguette slices).  Or you can brown in toaster oven.

Topping Preparation:
2 cups chopped ripe tomatoes
freshly squeezed juice of half lemon
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
paprika, salt and pepper to taste
splash of balsamic vinegar (for sweetness, if desired)
Stir and allow to marinate to develop flavors

Assembly:
Place toasted baguette slices on your serving plate and put a heaping tablespoon of marinated toppings.  Garnish with strips of roasted pepper, chunks of fresh mozzarella, chopped basil leaves (and endless variety of toppings, check your pantry).   I usually squeeze more lemon juice on top. Serve immediately.

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