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Tomato Bruschetta With Garlic and Basil
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Saute minced garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil until fragrant and golden. Set aside.
  3. Chop tomatoes, onion and fresh basil and combine in a mixing bowl. Add sauteed garlic WITH the excess olive oil from the pan.
  4. Squeeze 1/4 lemon juice over the vegetable mixture and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Mix well and chill in the refrigerator.
  6. In a small bowl, season the other 2 tablespoons of olive oil with salt and pepper.
  7. Slice the baguette into 1/4-1/2-inch slices and place them on a baking sheet. Use a silicone basting brush to apply seasoned olive oil. Bake for 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  8. Top each baguette slice with a spoonful of tomato bruschetta and a small sprinkle of shredded parmesan (optional).