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meatless friday redesign Our friends at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, New Jersey, share recipes created in their Culinary Arts program on their blog, Our Daily Bread. This recipe is printed here with permission from MHCA Culinary Arts teacher Frank LaMendola. "Meatless Friday: Tricolor Bruschetta" (CatholicMom.com) Courtesy of the culinary arts program at Mary Help of Christians Academy, All rights reserved. Used with permission.[/caption]

Tricolor Bruschetta


  • 1 medium to large French style Baguette 
  • 4 very ripe vine tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • Fresh basil minced 
  • Salt & pepper 
  • Extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 medium to large French style Baguette
  • Wild mushrooms minced 
  • 2 cloves garlic minced 
  • 1/2 shallot minced 
  • Fresh parsley 
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium to large French style Baguette
  • 1 large bunch of fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen peas 
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan cheese 
  • 1/4 cup toasted Pinoli nuts 
  • 1cup extra virgin olive oil 


1. Preheat oven to 350. 
2. Cut Baguette in 1/2 inch thick pieces. Toss with a sprinkling of extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
3. Lay on cookie sheet and toast for 5-10 minutes.  
Tomato: dice tomatoes add to bowl, add minced garlic, basil, drizzle with olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste 
Mushroom: mince mushrooms in food processor. In a skillet add about 2 tsp of olive oil. Once the oil is hot add mushrooms. Sauté for 3 minutes; add minced garlic and shallots. Salt and pepper to taste. Sauté until garlic and shallots are soft.  Drain all liquid from mixture, add minced fresh parsley.
Pesto: Add fresh basil in food processor along with garlic, grated cheese, toasted pignoli (pine nuts) nuts and peas. Blend until mixed well. Drizzle olive oil slowly until mixture combines well and smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste 
Once baguette is toasted remove from oven. Spread tomato, mushroom or pesto on toasted baguettes. 

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Copyright 2018 Mary Help of Christians Academy Culinary Arts About the author: Mary Help of Christians Academy, located in the Diocese of Paterson, is a private Catholic secondary school for young women. It is conducted by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, in collaboration with laypersons committed to Catholic education.