Italian-Style Bruschetta

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds plum tomatoes, seeded and cut into small dice
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1French baguette, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon high-quality balsamic vinegar, or to taste
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Stir tomatoes, basil, 3 tablespoons olive oil, red onion, garlic, red wine vinegar, and pepper together in a bowl; let tomato mixture stand at room temperature for 15 minutes, then place in the refrigerator to marinate for 45 minutes.

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  • Step 2

    Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven’s broiler.

  • Step 3

    Brush one side of each slice of bread with remaining olive oil. Place bread slices, oiled-side-up, onto a baking sheet.

  • Step 4

    Broil until golden brown, about 2 minutes; remove from oven. Spoon tomato mixture evenly over the top of toasted bread slices; drizzle balsamic vinegar evenly over tomato mixture. Serve immediately.

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