Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Bruschetta




Many people wind up with tons and tons of extra tomatoes from their gardens and they have no idea what to do with them. This is the answer! Here's a great summer appy that's always delicious and fresh. Make a large batch and serve it at your next barbecue! SO yummy!

several plum tomatoes
1/2 small yellow onion
9-10 fresh basil leaves
a few glugs olive oil
a few glugs balsamic vinegar
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 large clove garlic
more olive oil
Italian bread


Dice tomatoes and onion to a really small dice. Chop basil. Stir everything together with the oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Cover and place bowl in fridge, allowing flavors to marry for a little while. Grill or toast slices of Italian bread. Rub slices with garlic clove. Drizzle each slice with a little bit of oil. Top each slice with tomato mixture.

Tips:
The amounts are just guidelines. I usually go light on the onion, heavier on the fresh basil. Use your own judgement and taste it as you make it to find the right balance. If you add too much of anything (like salt, or onion), add more diced tomatoes.
For a variation, you can top everything with fresh mozzarella cheese, or chopped ripe olives.
If you don't have time to rub each piece of bread with garlic, you can just mince the garlic and stir it in. It's not the traditional way to go about it, but I don't think anyone will mind.

3 comments:

LifeOfReilly said...

Looking forward to trying this recipe Thursday night! We are hosting our bi-annual wine and appetizer night. What do you think would compliment best - merlot or cab?

Joey said...

I'm the first to admit that I'm not the authority on wines. My best suggestion isn't what wine would go with it as much as which wine do you like? But if I had to choose, I'd pick a nice Merlot. Thanx for your question and let me know how it goes!!!

LifeOfReilly said...

Dante Merlot it was as well Paso Creek Cabernet- couldn't go wrong w/ this great recipe! Thanks!

I also tried a few different twists! I used garlic/onion flat bread. I creamed 1 brick of cream cheese and 1 packet of dry veggie mix together. Spread it over the flat bread, topped w/ your bruschetta and parmesean cheese- tasty twist!

I also did you recipe and spread Boursin cheese on the bread then topped w/ your brushetta.

All 3 versions were very good I have to say and the wine complimented nicely!