About this recipe:This Italian starter is a little different than the average bruschetta. Garlic and herb cream cheese is spread on toasted bread, then topped with an aromatic tomato topping. It's the perfect finger food for any dinner party.
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
7 plum tomatoes, chopped
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 baguette, cut into 1.25cm thick slices
115g cream cheese with garlic and herbs
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Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil and garlic in a bowl. Stir in the chopped tomatoes; season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover; place in the refrigerator to marinate for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Spread the bread slices in a single layer on a large baking tray.
Bake in the oven until golden, about 10 minutes. Remove to cool on a wire rack.
When the bread is cool, spread the cheese evenly over each slice. Using a slotted spoon, spoon some of the tomato mixture over each slice.