Warm Garlic and Cherry Tomato Bruschetta
Estimated Cost: $3.50
Notes: Use your best quality Parmesan, extra virgin olive oil, and balsamic vinegar here; a little goes a very long way. Skimp by using a day old baguette.
1/2 thin crusty baguette
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for brushing,
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup small tomatoes, such as cherry, halved
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
1 ounce very thinly shaved Parmesan cheese
Slice baguette into thin slices. Brush with olive oil. Broil or grill until crunchy. In a large skillet, warm olive oil over low heat. Add garlic and cook for two minutes, or until very fragrant and soft. (Increase the heat a bit if the garlic seems too raw and strong.) Add tomatoes and cook for one minute, stirring often. Remove from heat and stir in basil and vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon tomatoes and juices over bread. Sprinkle lightly with shaved Parmesan.
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