I’m making this recipe tonight. It’s an appetizer, and it’s to die for. I’m making a couple of alterations, but they’re not really noteworthy here other than I’m doubling the recipe and leaving out onions and then the crushed red pepper will be on the side for anyone who wants to sprinkle it on their own pieces. Okay maybe that is noteworthy. One other note then. I couldn’t find French bread at the grocery store (by the way, Price Chopper, you have EVERY bread except French bread, how is that?) so I found a “Vienna Baguette” and had them slice it up for me in the bakery at Price Chopper. Then they just put the sliced loaf into a plastic bag for me.
I’ll try to upload some pictures later because they’re really pretty little bites of heaven. I’m trying to think of where I originally found the recipe. I think it was my America’s Favorite Brand Names Recipes… but don’t hold me to that. Something I’m pleased about is my middle daughter, who is lactose intolerant, will be able to have this tonight since the cheese is Kraft shredded mozzarella (part skim, but not with the Philly in it) because it has 0 grams of lactose. She’s so picky but loves tomatoes and cheese and Dijon.
Crouton Bread Ingredients:
1 long thin loaf of French bread (18 )
½ cup regular or reduced fat mayo
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1 TBS chopped green onion if desired
1 clove minced/chopped garlic or equivalent garlic powder
3/4 tsp dried oregano or basil leaves
To make Crouton Bread:
*Slice bread crosswise into ½ inch slices
*paint both sides of each slice of bread w/ pastry brush & place in cookie sheet
*toast under broiler for about 1 minute or until lightly toasted
*flip bread over and toast again, same way
Bruschetta Topping Ingredients:
1 lb ripe plum tomatoes…cored, seeded & chopped
1 cup finely chopped fennel bulb or celery
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
3 TBS dijon mustard
3 TBS olive oil
3 TBS balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped (or 2 tsp garlic powder)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes if desired
1-2 cups shredded melting cheese
To make Bruschetta:
*combine all Bruschetta topping ingredients except the cheese.
*toss until well-blended
*may allow to marinate over-night if desired
*Drop about 1-2 TB of Bruschetta Topping onto the toasted bread slices.
*Sprinkle with cheese.
*Toast under broiler until cheese is melted.