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)

Ingredients:

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)

Directions:

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

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