Sunday, April 29, 2012

Youth Ballot Tomato Bruschetta with Shallots

OK, I get the OBAMA-Jimmy Fallon appearance appealing to young voters.  ROMNEY campaigned for the youth comparing the U.S. to Greece!  

Sounds like more mushroom clouds to me!

Youth Ballot 
Tomato Bruschetta with Shallots
12 servings, 1 slice each

An appetizer that is as fresh and colorful as today's youth (and they're not as susceptible to fear tactics).

1 demi-baguette (8 oz.) French bread, cut into 12 slices
1 large clove garlic
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
12 fresh basil leaves
4 or 5 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 shallot, thinly sliced, separated into rings
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 400°F.  Place bread slices on baking sheet.  Bake 4 to 5 min. on each side or until crisp and golden brown around edges.  Cool on rack 5 min.  Cut garlic clove on diagonal at one end.  Rub cut end of garlic on each toast slice. 

Mix oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in small bowl.  Brush half of the dressing mixture onto bread slices.  Top each slice with 1 basil leaf, 2 slices tomato and a few shallot rings.  Drizzle with remaining dressing and sprinkle evenly with Parmesan Cheese.

You should get 6 nice slices from each tomato.  If you do, you won’t need the last tomato and you can use it in a salad.

I prefer to slice the bread and tomatoes on a diagonal for a more dramatic shape.

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