When my husband and I go out to a restaurant, we almost never get an appetizer because I usually feel it’s a waste of money, and I don’t want to fill up before the meal comes. However, I have seen bruschetta as a very yummy looking appetizer, and have wanted to try it. So when I saw this recipe for BLT bruschetta in Taste of Home’s 2008 Annual Recipes, I just had to try it, and it was delicious!
Here is what you need:
1 10 1/2 oz loaf of French bread
3 T olive oil (I used a little more)
5 strips cooked crumbled maple flavored bacon strips
1/2 cup chopped seeded tomato
1/2 cup leaf lettuce chopped finely
1/2 c pesto
2 T fresh basil chopped finely
Salt and pepper to taste (the recipe said 1/4 tsp each, but I thought that was too much)
Slice your bread thinly into about 36 slices (the number of slices may be less depending on how thin or thick you like it).
Brush each slice with olive oil, and place on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake the bread for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees.
Combine the bacon, tomato, lettuce, 2 Tablespoons of the pesto, basil and salt and pepper.
When your bread is done, spread each slice with the remaining pesto.
Then lightly spread each slice with about 2 teaspoons of the bacon, tomato… mixture, and you are ready to serve and enjoy.
This was everything I hoped it would be, crunchy, fresh, garlicky and so flavorful!
Incidentally, I bought fresh basil for this recipe and it was awesome, but I had a lot leftover, and didn’t want it to go bad before I used it all. This website was very informative about how to store and preserve basil.
I followed one of their suggestions, and washed and patted dry my basil.
Then I froze it in a ziploc bag.
The recommendation was to use within a year as it loses its flavor after then.
Enjoy some bruschetta!