One of my favorite fresh recipes is Bruschetta. I’m making it a little early this year I usually wait for my Basil plants to take off to make sure all of my ingredients are fresh. (It is a lot cheaper to buy a $3 Basil plant that replenishes itself than a $5 + packet of basil.) The Kiddo and I had a craving this weekend tho. The kind of craving that you can not make go away until you get the yummy delicious “whatever” that you can’t get off your mind. I decided if I’m making something this good I should share it with you. I hope you enjoy the recipe and let me know if you test it out and how you like it.
4 large Roma Tomatoes Diced
3 cloves garlic Minced
1 tbsp Dry Basil Fresh basil add to taste approx 4 large leaves chopped
1 pinch Salt To taste
1 pinch Pepper To taste
1 tbsp olive oil Drizzle to taste
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinaigrette Drizzle to taste
1 loaf french Baguette
olive oil or butter
brush on butter or drizzle oil
1 tbsp Garlic powder
Dice your tomatoes and mince your garlic. Add them to the bowl.
Add your Basil, Salt, Pepper, and Parmesan cheese.
You can add 1/4 of your favorite onion diced small as well. I did not add it to my recipe because not everyone in my house likes raw onions.
Add your olive oil and balsamic Vinaigrette. I drizzle about a table spoon of each to start and then add to taste. Remember that the flavors will get stronger the longer they marinade.
Mix well and refrigerate covered while browning the baguette rounds.
Cut the baguette at an angle to allow for more surface area for the Bruschetta.
Either melt butter and brush on to the rounds or drizzle olive oil onto the rounds. Season with salt, pepper, and Garlic powder. If you want to use a garlic clove (instead of garlic powder) wait until the bread is browned and rub the clove over each warn piece of bread.
Broil on high until the bread is lightly golden brown and serve. Watch the bread closely because it goes from golden to burned fast. There is something wonderful that happens when the chilled tomatoes and the warm bread mingle.
Serve the bruschetta separately from the bread. The sauce from the bruschetta will soften the bread if you try to plate them to early. Add a little extra Parmesan Cheese and a light drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette if needed and enjoy.
This and my Pasta salad recipe are my families favorite spring recipes. What are your favorite warm weather recipes?
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