An alternative option to the standard style of bruschetta. The rounds are appealing to the eye, yet easy to eat by hand for a hearty snack before the meal.
2 cups fresh basil leaves, chopped finely
½ cup Parmesano or Italian Cheese, Shaved
½ - 1 full garlic clove diced
½ cup olive oil
1 cup of chopped tomatoes or can of "petite" chopped tomatoes drained (save juice)
thinly sliced bagels (or package of bagel snacks which are already sliced very thin).
*Salt & pepper to individual taste
*Sour cream on the side
Daily average nutrition for bread/carb intake; approximately 700 Calories; approximately 10 grams of ; sodium. These rounds are a good source of fiber because of the tomatoes.
Using your Cuisinart food processor, combine the following:
basil and garlic and pulse a few times until nicely mixed.Slowly add olive oil while the food processor is running. Stop and scrape down the sides of the food processor using a rubber spatula. Add grated cheese and pulse a few more times.Add salt and black pepper to taste. Turn off processor and fold in tomatoes.
Now, spread each bagel half with a scoop of the mixuture. Sprinkle a small amount of cheese on top.
Bake rounds at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes, or until the cheese on top begins to melt and the bagel edges are toasty.
Serve on a platter with a bowl of sour cream for those who would like a dollop on top!
Additional: experiment using various types of bagels, such as garlic, sesame seed, etc.