Tomato Cheese Bruschetta
Though smoked mozzarella gives this appetizer a distinct flavor, you can save money by using plain mozzarella. For even more savings, use drained and thinly sliced canned tomatoes.
12 slices of Italian bread
2 garlic cloves, halved
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tomatoes, sliced into 6 thin slices each
1/2 lb smoked or plain mozzarella cheese
Preheat broiler. Broil bread until golden on both sides, about 11/2 minutes per side.
Rub 1 side of bread with garlic halves. Brush with olive oil.
Pat each tomato slice dry. Lay tomato slices on bread.
Divide shredded mozzarella among bread. Broil until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
For a speedy way to peel garlic, lay the clove on its side. Using the flat side of a kitchen knife, press firmly on the clove to crush it and loosen the skin. Remove and discard skin.