Easy Make-Ahead Appetizer for New Year's

Easy Make-Ahead Appetizer for New Year's
Mediterranean Bruschetta with Parmesan Taoasts is a great appetizer to serve at a New Year’s Eve party, or at any party for that matter, any time of year. Although the ingredient list may seem long at first glance, most of the ingredients come in jars and there is little or no prep, just measuring and mixing (the fresh tomatoes and onions need about 10 minutes to chop). The Bruschetta topping can be made 3 or 4 days ahead of the party and refrigerated. The toasts can be buttered and sprinkled with cheese early in the day and covered; the broiling will take just a minute when ready to serve.
During the holidays, this is one of the most requested appetizers for catered holiday parties. There are rarely any leftovers, and there are always several requests for the recipe.

30 Servings

Bruschetta Topping:

4 Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
1 tablespoon roasted red peppers
1 tablespoon roasted green pepper
2 tablespoons Kalamata olives, pitted and cut in strips
1 6 oz. jar marinated artichoke bottoms or hearts, chopped
3 sun-dried tomato halves in oil, chopped
3 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons finely chopped red onions
3 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Parmesan Toasts:

1 baguette, cut into 1/3 inch thick slices (30+)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, the cardboard kind in the green box because it is dry and best suited for these toasts
  1. For the topping: In a bowl, mix all ingredients for the Bruschetta topping; taste for seasoning, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve (several hours or overnight).

  1. For the Toasts: Spread the tops of each baguette slice with butter, then sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.

  2. Place under the broiler and broil until the tops are brown and bubbly.

To serve: surround the bowl of topping with the Parmesan toasts and allow each guest to top the baguette slices with the tomato mixture.

Amount Per Serving
Calories 67 Calories from Fat 52
Percent Total Calories From: Fat 78% Protein 8% Carb. 14%

Nutrient Amount per Serving
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 10 mg
Sodium 120 mg
Total Carbohydrate 2 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 1 g

Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 7% Calcium 0% Iron 1%

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