Bruschetta is one of my favorite savory starters to have before a yummy pasta dish. I found this recipe in a magazine on a Crisco Extra Virgin Olive Oil ad and it is so wonderful and simple.
10 large fresh basil leaves, chopped or 1/2 tsp dried basil
2 cups roma (plum) tomatoes, seeded and chopped (about 1 lb)
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 loaf French baguette
Preheat oven to 425 F.
Combine olive oil and garlic in a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds. Cut bread into slightly angled 1/4 inch pieces.
Brush with olive oil mixture and place on baking pan. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown.