This Italian appetizer made of bread, fresh spinach, and some other goodies is great for serving at parties. A French baguette is a long, narrow loaf of French bread. I like to garnish the bruschetta with more basil.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Arrange the bread slices on a non-stick cookie sheet.

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  • In an electric blender or food processor combine the spinach, Parmesan, almonds, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Blend until a paste forms. Pulse in 2 tablespoons olive oil; continue pulsing until the mixture is the consistency of soft butter.

  • In a small mixing bowl combine chopped tomatoes, green onion and 1 tablespoon olive oil; stir.

  • Bake the bread slices for 5 minutes or until crisp and brown.

  • Arrange toast on a serving platter. Spread each piece of toast with a thin layer of the blended pesto, then top with the tomato mixture.

Nutrition Facts

528.7 calories; 19.7 g protein; 30.2 g carbohydrates; 5.5 mg cholesterol; 286.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2003
This was relatively easy to make (and quick cleanup- just my processor)and was a hit at a dinner party. I was a little unsure of how they would be recieved because it did not look like traditional bruschetta but they are SO much tastier and there were no leftovers. I added some diced mozzarella to the tomato mixture for that complimentary taste. I will definately make these again...One problem though- the recipe made way too much pesto and i did not even use the requested amount of almonds. Thanks for the recipe Maryanne. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/09/2003
Tastes Great and a hit at the last party I went to but the spread was messy to make (especially without a food processor). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2003
This was relatively easy to make (and quick cleanup- just my processor)and was a hit at a dinner party. I was a little unsure of how they would be recieved because it did not look like traditional bruschetta but they are SO much tastier and there were no leftovers. I added some diced mozzarella to the tomato mixture for that complimentary taste. I will definately make these again...One problem though- the recipe made way too much pesto and i did not even use the requested amount of almonds. Thanks for the recipe Maryanne. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2003
This was relatively easy to make (and quick cleanup- just my processor)and was a hit at a dinner party. I was a little unsure of how they would be recieved because it did not look like traditional bruschetta but they are SO much tastier and there were no leftovers. I added some diced mozzarella to the tomato mixture for that complimentary taste. I will definately make these again...One problem though- the recipe made way too much pesto and i did not even use the requested amount of almonds. Thanks for the recipe Maryanne. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2003
This was definitely a big hit at my family gathering. Most said it was the best bruschetta they ever had and I would have to agree. I recommend purchasing a bag of pre-washed spinach leaves situated at the grocery store next to the bags of salad - more simple that way. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2003
Wonderful recipe. I made mine in the blender this time but I believe it will be easier in the food processor (a little "gummy" to begin in the blender). Definitely will make again!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/06/2009
5 stars for taste 4 stars for the ingredient list 4.5 overall. First of all I halved the almonds because I ran out. I started using my blender but it couldn't do the job so I had to get out the food processor. It makes too much pesto but it tastes great! I ended up only using about half the pesto so I need to find something else to use it for. Next I used two medium tomatoes and it just wasn't enough. Between the caprese salad and this I was out of tomatoes. I would increase your tomato amount if you like it more tomatoee on top. If you are using good tomatoes omit the olive oil in the mixture. I was using wonderful tomatoes and thought the oil took away from the fresh flavor. Make it easier on yourself and make less pesto and more tomato mixture without the oil. Excellent! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2003
This was a great hit at the bridal shower I took it to. Quick and easy to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2006
Mmmm...I loved this bruschetta and so did everyone else at the party. Without a food processor it was a little messy to make but my small electric food chopper got the job done. I will definitely make this again!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/09/2003
Tastes Great and a hit at the last party I went to but the spread was messy to make (especially without a food processor). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2009
I received rave reviews from guests when serving this!! My food processor is broken so I finely chopped the pesto ingredients together for just a few minutes and it still turned out great. I also made the pesto the night before and refrigerated it so it only took a few minutes to prepare before serving. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2003
This recipe has been a hit for me! It is so fresh and light. I have taken it to several parties and everyone has raved about it. I give this recipe a thumbs up!!!! Read More
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