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Pico de Gallo Bruschetta

Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Erin Swift
Prep time 18 mins
Cook time 8 mins
Yield Makes 3 dozen
The juicy tomato-onion mixture would normally make bread soggy; a layer of melted cheese provides a delicious barrier.

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette, cut into 36 (1/4-inch-thick) slices
  • Olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups (4 1/2 ounces) shredded Mexican melting cheese or Monterey Jack
  • 3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 jalapeño peppers or serrano peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Brush baguette slices with olive oil, and place on a baking sheet. Bake 7 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven; sprinkle evenly with cheese, and bake 1 minute or until cheese is melted.

  2. Combine tomatoes and remaining ingredients in a bowl; spoon mixture onto bread slices. Serve immediately.