Bruschetta Sundae

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"W/rare exceptions, I'm a recipe-based cook & not good at original recipes. BUT this unique & highly touted recipe was pictured in a newspaper restaurant review & inspired me to get copycat-creative. Described as the most popular appy at the Oliveto Italian Bistro in Tulsa OK, the ingredients were listed & I combined them w/my imagination + a basil-marinated tomatoes recipe borrowed from Vic’s Recipes website & credited to "It Is About Time" by Michael Schlow. This is an easy-fix, so don't be put-off by my penchant for detail. Although an appy at Oliveto, I can easily see this expanded to a luncheon entrée & I included a note at the end of the prep to suggest optional adds for that purpose (Time does not include marinating the tomatoes). Enjoy!"

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (255.8 g)
  • Calories 300.9
  • Total Fat - 21.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 7.9 mg
  • Sodium - 166.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 22 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.2 g
  • Sugars - 5.9 g
  • Protein - 6.6 g
  • Calcium - 169.5 mg
  • Iron - 1.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 35.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

For Balsamic Glaze: Combine balsamic vinegar w/brown sugar, mix well & set aside.

Step 2

For Basil-Marinated Tomatoes: Combine all ingredients in a bowl & marinate for at least 1 hour.

Step 3

For Bread: Preheat oven to 350F. Slice baguette into 1-in slices. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush both sides of each slice w/the garlic-infused olive oil. Quarter each slice, place on a baking sheet & bake until crisp like a crouton.

Step 4

To Serve Sundaes: Divide toasted baguette cubes among 4 appy serving plates. Pour off any excess liquid from the marinated tomatoes, add the balsamic glaze to the tomatoes mixture & mix well. Divide tomatoes among the 4 plates & top w/Asiago cheese + basil leaves (if desired).

Step 5

NOTE To expand this dish to luncheon entrée size, consider adding black olives, mushrooms, pancetta, baby shrimp, avocado or whatever else your taste buds fancy.

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