Recipe Details

Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Bruschetta

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 24

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

8-10 slices bacon, crispy cooked and crumbled
3-4 roma tomatoes, (plum), seeded and chopped, about 1 1/3 cup
1 cup lettuce, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
About 1/3 cup olive oil
1 16-oz package French bread, cut in 1/4-inch slices
1/3 cup blue cheese, OR feta cheese, crumbled (optional)

Cooking Directions


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 about 1 tablespoon topping on each toast round.*

Makes about 24 appetizers.

* Or, serve topping in a small bowl, surrounded by the toast rounds.

Tailgate Tip: Prepare and refrigerate topping ingredients and bake toast rounds ahead of time. For best flavor, stir together topping ingredients just before serving.

Analysis is for one piece.

Serving Suggestions

Turn this popular flavor combination into bite-size appetizers.  Great as a starter for Italian Marinaded Pork Chops or Italian-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 68 calories
Protein: 2 grams
Fat: 5 grams
Sodium: 121 milligrams
Cholesterol: 2 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 1 grams
Carbohydrates: 6 grams
Fiber: 1 grams

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YUM!
by jes 10/22/2010
I derved this at an event for over 400 people which made for a lot of prep work! But, it was deliciously worth it! :) Everyone loved them, plus they are super-pretty!