Cherry Bruschetta

Serves: 8

18 slices (1/2-inch thick) small baguette-style bread
1 Tbls. olive oil, divided
1 1/2 cups pitted Northwest fresh sweet cherries, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup diced yellow sweet pepper
2 Tbls. finely chopped green onions
2 Tbls. lime juice
1 teaspoon grated lime peel
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
1 Tbls. thinly sliced fresh basil

Heat oven to 350 F.

Arrange baguette slices on cookie sheet and toast one side 5 minutes. Turn slices, brush with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and bake 5 minutes longer.

Combine cherries, cilantro, sweet pepper, green onions, lime juice, lime peel, garlic salt, pepper and remaining olive oil; mix well.

Top each baguette with thin slice of cheese, 1 tablespoon cherry mixture and sprinkle of sliced basil. Serve warm or cold.

— Courtesy of the Northwest Cherry Growers



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