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I love bruschetta. Hundreds of tomatoes valiantly give up their life to make me happy every year on my favorite french bread. This recipe was developed for a black and orange Halloween party. It worked marvelously because of the color contrast between the orange tomatoes and black olives. If you cannot get orange tomatoes, feel free to use red ones. For hot bruschetta, just sprinkle each round with a small amount of grated Parmesan, Romano, or Asiago cheese and broil for a few seconds until melted.

6 medium orange tomatoes, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup minced black olives
1/2 cup minced onion
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon sugar (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
French Bread Rounds

In a medium bowl mix together the tomatoes, 3 minced garlic cloves, olives, and onion. Mix together well. Whisk together the balasamic vinegar, olive oil, basil, suagr, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Pour over the tomato mixture and toss to coat. Spread the bread rounds with the remaining garlic and re-toast lightly until the garlic becomes fragrant. Spoon the tomato mixture onto each round, or serve the rounds on a platter next to a bowl of the tomato mixture and let each person help themself.

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