The Easiest Bruschetta

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Yield: 12

Ingredients:

15 Roma tomatoes
4 cloves of garlic
½ cup chopped fresh basil
4 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp basalmic vinegar
Pinch of salt and pepper
1 French bread baguette
cooking spray

Steps:
1. Wash all of your tomatoes and pat dry.
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2. Cut your tomatoes in half and spoon out the middle, then chop all tomatoes and put in a large bowel.

3. Chop your garlic and basil and put in bowel with tomatoes. Add oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and mix until well combined then place in refrigerator.
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4. Heat oven to 375.

5. Slice your bread ½ inch thick from a slanted angle so you get “pointy” toast pieces. (I also like to add a pinch of salt and pepper to the bread for extra flavor).

6. Spray pieces of bread with cooking spray and put in oven for 12 minutes, or until light golden brown.
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Homemade Pesto

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I always used to buy Pesto that was pre-made at Trader Joe’s until I got my Cuisinart food processor and realized how easy it is to make. Growing up, my family used pesto very often especially in pasta dishes. It only has a few ingredients and only takes a couple of minutes to make!

Ingredients:

1 cup
2 1/2 cups fresh basil
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese (cubed)
pinch of salt and pepper to taste

Steps:
1. Wash and dry fresh basil leaves. Combine basil, pine nuts, garlic, cheese, and olive oil in food processor.

2. Mix for 30 seconds and scrape down the sides. Scrape down sides and mix for 1-2 minutes until it is smooth.
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*I buy fresh parmesan cheese when making pesto that is usually found in the deli department at the grocery store where the gourmet cheeses are. I also stay away from the package “shredded parmesan cheese” so I can get the fresh authentic pesto taste.