Bruschetta (Tomato Cheese Toast)

Bruschetta (tomato cheese toast)

Bruschetta (Tomato Cheese Toast)

1/2 loaf Italian bread, cut into 1 inch slices
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 stick butter
1 clove garlic, pressed
3 large tomatoes, sliced or diced, and salted
3 T. chopped fresh basil
8 oz. fresh buffalo mozzarella, sliced or shredded
Optional:
1 T. Balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
freshly grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven or grill to 400 degrees.
Place sliced bread on a baking sheet. Combine butter, olive oil and garlic in a small bowl; melt in microwave. Brush over bread.
Bake (or grill) 8 minutes, until bread is slightly toasty. Remove from oven. Place tomato on top of bread, then sprinkle with herbs. Top with mozzarella and parmesan.
Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or browned and toasty. Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.
Variation: Use peaches instead of tomatoes.

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