Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Brushetta with Balsamic Drizzle
This is one of those recipes I've tinkered with for a few years now. I think I finally have it the way I want it. It's a great appetizer or snack. You can make the bruschetta the day before so it's great for a party where you have a lot to make. Just toast the bread at the end and top with tomato mixture and you're set to go. Plus it's red and green...perfect for Christmas! Give it a try!
Bruschetta with Balsamic Drizzle:
6-8 roma tomatoes- chopped (firmer tomatoes are better for this recipe)
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
2 cloves fresh garlic (minced)
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
2 T. Balsamic Vinegar
1 T olive oil
salt and pepper (to taste)
1 long skinny baguette sliced thinly (I used sourdough...but any kind of baguette would work. They often have them pre-cut in the bakery)
Mix all ingredients (except for bread) in a medium sized bowl. Allow to chill in fridge for at least 2 hours for best flavor. (I like to make mine a day ahead if I have time). When ready to serve slice bread and toast bread slightly in oven. Top each piece of toast with bruschetta and drizzle recipe below.
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 T. corn starch
Stir all ingredients together in a small saucepan. Boil until slightly thickened (add extra corn starch if needed). Let cool 5 min. or until thickened to consistency you would like (don't let it get too thick). Drizzle over bruschetta and toast. Enjoy!