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Its starting to feel like Summer! Simple to make, fresh ingredients, and a wow if you share with guests. This recipe is not about measuring ingredients to the nth degree, just put the stuff together and go for it! Grape tomatoes are my choice here, you can use cherry tomatoes if you choose. Cherry tomatoes are theoretically a little sweeter, not sure I buy into that theory though 🙂
- Grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered (about 24-26)
- Fresh basil, chopped
- Italian seasoning (maybe 1 TB, no more)
- Baguette, sliced into 1/2 inch slices
- Garlic paste or garlic powder
- salt, pepper
- Ricotta cheese
- Balsamic glaze (squeeze bottle, look for it in the oil & vinegar aisle)
- Shredded parmesan cheese (optional)
- Preheat the oven to broil. Make sure you have an oven tray that is one space away from the broiler, don’t need to incinerate these babies. Place the baguette slices on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper ( if you don’t have parchment paper, dont worry! just drop those suckers on the pan or use aluminum foil).
- Coat each slice of baguette with olive oil. Better yet, use olive oil spray if you have it. Add a little garlic powder or garlic paste to each baguette slice, covering the surface to the best of your human ability.
- Place the pan under the broiler, and let the baguette slices brown – about five minutes. Keep an eye on them and pull them out as soon as they start to brown.
- Mix the chopped tomatoes, a little EVOO, salt & pepper, basil & italian seasoning together in a medium bowl and let it all marinate for a few minutes.
- Let the baguettes cool for a couple of minutes. Then, spread ricotta cheese across each slice.
- Top the ricotta cheese with the tomato mixture.
- Place those yummy things on a serving plate and give them a light squirt of balsamic glaze.
- Top all that with parmesan cheese if desired.
These babies are delicious, have a touch of sweetness to them. I tried marinating the tomatoes in a champagne vinegar to cut down on the sweetness, DONT DO IT. I could just eat these for dinner and be a happy camper 🙂
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 15
- Category: appetizer
- Method: prep and bake
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: caprese, appetizer, bruschetta, easy, quick and easy
I’ve always loved cooking, and spent many years working on the food & beverage side of the hospitality industry, which served to increase my interest in food, wine and entertaining.