Bruschette Carrabba

Bruschette Carrabba Recipe

1 loaf Italian-style or French bread

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

3 slices Fontina cheese, thinly sliced and trimmed to fit bread slices

3 slices mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced and trimmed to fit bread slices

3 ounces mushrooms, sliced, and sautéed in butter

3 slices Roma tomato, sliced 1/4-inch thick

1 1/2 tablespoons pesto sauce (use the classic Pesto containing basil

and pine nuts – available in most grocery stores)

Pinch of extra-virgin olive oil

Pinch of fresh basil, cut into fine strips (julienne strips)

Bake loaf of Italian bread in oven until lightly browned. Slice the bread into 1/2-inch slices and discard end pieces. Cut larger middle slices into equal halves.

Mix softened butter with chopped garlic and garlic powder. Spread garlic butter over six of the smaller pieces of bread. Place Fontina slices on 3 buttered slices of bread. Place mozzarella on the three remaining pieces of buttered bread. Place sautéed mushrooms on top of the Fontina cheese. Top the mozzarella cheese with the tomato slices and Pesto. Place all six slices on a baking pan and bake in a preheated 500 degree F oven for 4 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Remove from oven and top Fontina-mushroom bruschette with a drizzle of olive oil. Do not add olive oil to the tomato-pesto bruschette. Sprinkle all bruschette with the thinly sliced basil leaves.

Makes – 6 slices.

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