Easy Bruschetta for a last minute appetizer

Easy Bruschetta for a last minute appetizer

Hey Friends! Lexie, here.. So I have been trying my hand at a bit of gardening lately and wanted to share a quick and easy recipe for a last minute appetizer using some basil from my herb garden. Most of the ingredients I try keep on hand in my kitchen to throw together when I'm in a pinch! 
I can't take credit for this recipe, it comes from all recipes (linked here)
Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 5 mins | Total: 20 mins |  Servings: 8
1 loaf French bread, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
⅓ cup chopped fresh basil
1 ounce Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (optional-- My sister has a dairy allergy so I go without it when serving my family!)
2 cloves garlic, minced
I like to add 1/2 sweet onion chopped :) 
1 tablespoon good quality balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Step 1
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Brush bread slices on both sides lightly with 1 tablespoon oil and place on large baking sheet. Toast bread until golden, 5 to 10 minutes, turning halfway through.

Step 2
Meanwhile, toss together tomatoes, basil, Parmesan cheese, and garlic in a bowl. Mix in balsamic vinegar, 2 teaspoons olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper.

Step 3
Spoon tomato mixture onto toasted bread slices and serve immediately. (I actually prefer to add a spoon to the bruschetta mix and allow guests to serve themselves!)
Happy gardening this Spring! Have any great gardening tips or accounts to follow? send them our way on Instagram @shopthesocialite

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