In a small bowl, toss together tomatoes, basil, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, garlic, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, kosher salt and pepper. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Just before serving, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line bread slices on a baking sheet and spoon the tomato mixture over the tops. Sprinkle remaining parmesan cheese over the tops.
Bake in the preheated oven for 3-5 minutes, or until bread is lightly golden around the edges and the tomato mixture is warmed through.
Option 1 - Toast the French bread with tomato mixture spread on top in a 400-degree oven for 3-5 minutes for a warm appetizer.
Option 2 - Toast the bread by itself in a 400-degree oven for 3-4 minutes and then add the chilled tomato mixture to the top for a cold appetizer.
Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 578mg | Potassium: 245mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 619IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 3mg
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