Summertime Bruschetta

Yield: 32 slices


16 fresh ripe plum tomatoes, very finely diced

4 tablespoons finely minced garlic

1 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Thirty-two 1/4 -inch-thick slices French or Italian baguette

6 garlic cloves, cut in half


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the tomato, minced garlic, basil, parsley, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste.  Toss very well and set aside for at least 3 hours.
  2. Just before serving, toast the bread and rub on one side with the cut sides of the garlic cloves.  Place a small bowl in the center of a serving platter.  Fill the bowl with the tomato mixture and arrange the toast around the bowl.  Serve immediately.

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