Election Party Appetizers: Bruschetta

With the election less than a week away, we know people are getting ready to have result watching parties with friends.  We are too!  We are excited to be hosting a group of fellow volunteers to watch the election results roll in.  We thought we’d spend the week sharing some of our favorite appetizer or party foods, that can be made almost anywhere in the world.
We love bruschetta, a bit size treat that is easy to prepare, especially ahead of time.

Ingredients:  (For about 12 bruschetta servings)
1 Baguette-type loaf of bread, sliced into 12 round pieces
4 Tomatoes, diced
1 Small Onion, diced
5 Cloves of Garlic, diced and about 1 clove worth set aside
1 Bunch of Basil, thinly sliced
Oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese Grated, if available

Directions:
In a skillet, heat about 2 TBSP oil and 1 clove of garlic, minced.  When it starts to sizzle, add slices of bread, and cover.  After a few minutes, turn over and cover again.  Once bread begins to get crispy, take off heat and set aside.
In a bowl, add tomatoes, remaining garlic, onion, basil, a dash of oil and salt and pepper.  Mix well and let sit for at least ½ hour to let flavors mix.
If adding mozzarella, sprinkle mozzarella on tops of each piece of bread and add back into your skillet/pan to melt cheese.  *Note: Do this step directly before serving; everything else can be done ahead of time.
Immediately before serving, arrange bread slices on plate and top with tomato mixture.
Serve with napkins, and enjoy the election!

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