Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bruschetta with Tomato & Mozzarella

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Ruby came to my Foodie Film event where she prepared a Giada De Laurentiis recipe for Bruschetta with Tomato & Mozzarella. I especially loved the bits of mozzarella mixed in with the tomatoes. It's a great appetizer or snack to pair with Italian fare or even on its own!

Bruschetta with Tomato & Mozzarella
recipe from Giada De Laurentiis

1 (32-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained
1 cup fresh basil leaves, washed and spun dry
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, peeled
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large French baquettes, sliced 1-inch thick (about 36 slices)
1 1/2 pounds fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4-inch thick

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In the bowl of a food processor, add drained tomatoes, 1 cup basil leaves, olive oil and 2 cloves garlic. Pulse until smooth, but somewhat chunky. Season with salt and pepper.

On a baking sheet, line up baguette slices. Toast in oven for about 3 minutes or until light golden brown. Working quickly, rub the remaining garlic on the toasted side of each slice and then lay a piece of mozzarella cheese on top. Place bread back in oven and melt cheese slightly, about 45 seconds. Remove from oven and spread one tablespoon of the tomato mixture on each piece.

Place bruschetta on decorative platter and garnish with basil leaves.

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