Break Out The Appetizers This Columbus Day Weekend

Sunrise Senior Living  |  October 5, 2012

This Columbus Day weekend means may people get a day off from work and school, allowing them to visit with family, including senior loved ones.

Those who are looking to host a gathering of friends and family in order to take advantage of the extra day in the weekend should make sure they have plenty of food on the table, and may want to consider getting in the kitchen to whip up a few finger foods for everyone to share.

It's important to have a variety of snacks to nibble on, as people have different tastes. In addition to the traditional crackers with cheese and veggies with dip pairings, you may want to consider putting together something that is a little more special than the norm.

Sunrise of East Meadow, New York, has a great bruschetta recipe that is sure to please any guests you may have, and it requires little effort on your part.

Sunrise of East Meadow, New York
Serves 6-8

1 loaf French bread
6 fresh tomatoes, diced
3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
½ medium red onion, diced
10 basil leaves, finely chopped
8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
3 oz. Parmesan cheese
¼ c. olive oil
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
½ c. butter or margarine
2 T. balsamic vinegar
Seasoning to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For the crostini
Slice bread at an angle. Melt butter and half of crushed garlic with half of basil. Brush the bread with garlic butter/basil mixture. Sprinkle each with a bit of Parmesan cheese and bake in oven for 10-12 minutes.

For the topping
Combine tomato, onion, remaining garlic, remaining basil, fresh mozzarella, olive oil and balsamic vinegar; mix well. Place 1 heaping tablespoon of combined mixture onto each crostini. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella; and bake in oven 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve warm.