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Bruschetta of Love
6 slices crusty Italian bread, halved crosswise
1 large garlic clove, crushed and minced
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
6 large firm ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup minced fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, or to taste
Heat the broiler. Arrange the slices of bread on a baking sheet and broil 5 minutes from the heat until lightly browned. Turn and brown other side.
In a small bowl, combine the garlic, and 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and brush the mixture on one side of the bread slices.
In a skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat; add the tomatoes and salt and cook until just heated through.
Stir in the basil and vinegar.
Top the toasted slices with the tomato mixture.
Garnish with cooked shrimp.
Yield: 6 servings