Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Bruschetta
Falls Brand Bacon
8-10 slices Falls Brand Bacon, crispy cooked and crumbled
3-4 Roma (plum) tomatoes, seeded and chopped (about 1 1/3 cup)
1 cup chopped leafy green lettuce
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
Approximately 1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 package (16-oz.) twin French bread loaves, cut in 1/4-inch slices
1/3 cup favorite crumble cheese, blue cheese or feta (optional)
In medium bowl, stir together all topping ingredients; set aside. Brush olive oil on both sides of bread slices; place on baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F., turning once, for 7 minutes per side or until crisp and golden brown; cool. Spoon out 1 tablespoon topping on each toast round.
* Makes about 24 appetizers.
* Or, serve topping in a small bowl, surrounded by the toast rounds.
Prepare and refrigerate topping ingredients and bake toast rounds ahead of time. For best flavor, stir together topping ingredients just before serving.
Turn this popular flavor combination into bite-size appetizers with an Italian twist.