Balsamic, Bacon & Tomato Bruschetta

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Balsamic, Bacon & Tomato Bruschetta 

Here's another yummy dish we made for our Super Bowl party.  French bread was on sale and so was the bacon.  The rest of ingredients we had on hand.

Hubby and the kids helped out in the kitchen so that brought everything together pretty quick.  These make great party appetizers.  One of my personal favorites.

(Just one note of caution, ours were gone in less than five minutes!)

If you don't have all of these ingredients just substitute anything you'd like. I'm sure it will be delicious. :o)


1 French baguette, cut diagonally into slices 1/2" thick
1 clove garlic, peeled and cut in half
1 pkg. cream cheese, softened
6 slices bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
10-12 cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in 3 slices each
2 T. balsamic vinegar
2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
1 and 1/2 tsp. brown sugar
Good pinch of Kosher salt and black pepper
Couple of fresh basil leaves, chopped (or 1 T. dried)


Place baguettes on baking sheet and toast for a few minutes on each side, at 400 degrees.

While bread is toasting, mix dressing ingredients together in a separate bowl and set aside.  (Vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt and pepper.)

Remove bread from oven and rub cut side of garlic clove on top of each slice. Spread with softened cream cheese, then sprinkle with crumbled bacon and top with tomatoes.

Place on platter, drizzle with dressing, then top with chopped basil.

Submitted by Michelle Jones, Editor

What's for Dinner Tonight?

Easy Creole Sausage and Black Beans with Rice

by Michelle Jones, Founder @BetterBudgeting

Category: Recipes, Frugal, Dinner
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings

Wayne (a.k.a. Hubby) and I created this recipe together. Makes a deliciously filling and frugal dinner, enough to feed the entire family. Thought it was so good we just had to share it with y'all. Hope you like it!


1 T. olive oil
2-3 T. butter
1 large sweet onion, chopped
1 lb smoked beef sausage (or any other desired), cut into 1/4" slices
4-6 c. rice, cooked
2 (15.5 oz) cans Goya black beans, undrained
1 T. Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning
pinch of salt, if desired


In a large skillet heat olive oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add chopped onions and sliced sausage and cook until heated through. Add cooked rice, beans, creole seasoning, and pinch of salt if desired. Cover and simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes.

Makes enough to feed 4 to 6; depending on how hungry everyone is.



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