Total Time: 30 minutes
Bruschetta is the perfect compliment to almost any meal at any time of the year. Here we have created pumpkin-shaped toasts for a festive addition to a Halloween party.
1 loaf farmhouse bread (baguette or other favorite bread may be substituted)
6 large Roma tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup basil leaves, julienned
1-2 cloves garlic minced, plus 1 clove to rub on bread
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 T. olive oil, plus more for brushing on bread
1/4-1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
If desired, cut bread with cookie cutter to create unique shapes. Brush bread slices with olive oil on both sides. Bake in oven preheated to 350 degrees F until bread is golden brown, about 5-9 minutes. Remove from oven and cool slightly. Take a peeled clove of garlic and run it lightly over one side of the bread.
Mix remaining ingredients besides parmesan cheese in a bowl close to the time of serving.
To serve, top toasts with tomato mixture. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.