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Northern Michigan Cherry Bruschetta

Northern Michigan Recipe: Use Northern Michigan cherries in a whole new way in this Cherry Capitol version of an Italian classic. Hand-held bruschetta is a perfect snack or appetizer for a summertime get-together!

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18 1/2 inch thick slices of small baguette-style bread (Try local Stone House Bread’s sweet or rustic baguette!)
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided (check out Fustini’s Oil and Vinegar on Front Street, Traverse City)
1 1/2 cups pitted fresh sweet cherries, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup each chopped cilantro and diced yellow sweet pepper
2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese   1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil


Toast one side of baguette slices at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes. Turn slices, brush with olive oil and bake 5 minutes longer.

Combine cherries, cilantro, pepper, green onions, lime juice, lime peel, salt, pepper and remaining olive oil; mix well. Top each slice of baguette with a thin slice of fresh mozzarella cheese, a heaping tablespoon of cherry mixture and sliced basil. Serve warm or cold.