Donna's Bruschetta

Bruschetta is a toasted piece of bread that is dressed with olive oil, garlic, and a variety of vegetables and cheese.

Slice French bread into thin slices. Lightly brush or spray olive oil on both sides of each piece. Place on baking sheet and broil in the oven until lightly brown. Watch carefully to prevent burning. Turn each slice to brown the other side.

There are many ways to create toppings for an appealing appetizer.

1. Traditional: Alternate slices of fresh mozzarella cheese and thinly sliced tomatoes on top of the toasted bread. Sprinkle with "pinch of herbs" of your choice. Drizzle with small amount of olive oil.

2. Blue Cheese and Walnut: Mix 2 ounces blue cheese with 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream. Stir in 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts. Place spinach leaf on toasted bread. Top with dollop of blue cheese mixture.

3. White Beans and Herbs: In a small skillet, saute 1 small chopped onion and 2 cloves garlic. Place in food processor. Add one 15 ounce can of drained Great Northern Beans, 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon "pinch of herbs." Blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Spread small amount of bean mixture on toasted bread.

One brand of a good herb mixture is Lawry's "Pinch of Herbs." It is an aromatic blend of oregano, thyme, basil, and rosemary.

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