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!

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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)

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Slice your bread thinly into about 36 slices (the number of slices may be less depending on how thin or thick you like it).

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Brush each slice with olive oil, and place on an ungreased baking sheet.

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Bake the bread for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees.

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Combine the bacon, tomato, lettuce, 2 Tablespoons of the pesto, basil and salt and pepper.

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When your bread is done, spread each slice with the remaining pesto.

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Then lightly spread each slice with about 2 teaspoons of the bacon, tomato… mixture, and you are ready to serve and enjoy.

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BLT Bruschetta

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Joyful Homemaking

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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I followed one of their suggestions, and washed and patted dry my basil.

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Then I froze it in a ziploc bag.

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The recommendation was to use within a year as it loses its flavor after then.
Enjoy some bruschetta!
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