For a simple appetizer designed to welcome guests, I laid out a bruscetta bar. Crusty, garlic-rubbed bread slices, surrounded with assorted homemade toppings to spread, slather and dip.
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This step can be done ahead. Store bread in zipper bags or an airtight container until ready to serve. Warm in oven for a couple of minutes before serving, if desired.
Herbed cheese spread, olive tapenade, herby-garlic dipping oil, (made by my sis-in-law,) and meatballs in Italian gravy surrounded the huge tray of bread.
You can design a bruscetta bar to reflect your own taste or even the party theme. Add marinated artichoke hearts, diced, fresh tomatoes with basil and garlic, or goat cheese topped with chutney. The possibilities are endless!
Simple presentation. Great results. Rave reviews.