eat….drink….and be merry….it makes life better!
Fresh sun ripened tomatoes and a loaf of French bread equals BRUSCHETTA!
This has to be one of my top 5 favorite late night snacks and has actually become somewhat of a summertime family tradition in our house. I make a huge batch prior to making dinner which is perfect timing for the tomatoes to infuse with the oil, salt and garlic for a few hours.
Ahhh, dinner has been served, dishes are done, and I have just enjoyed a nice dip in the pool. This scene is just the beginning of any night at our house in the summer. The days are longer and that 6:00 dinner just doesn’t stick. It’s 10:00 and its movie and Bruschetta time. It is so simple and it is the perfect movie snack or as an appetizer; if you can stop at one and not spoil your dinner that is!
Make sure to gather these ingredients:
5 Large Ripe Tomatoes
One Loaf of French or Italian Bread
1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Fresh Cloves of Garlic (or 1 heaping tablespoon minced)
5 Fresh Basil Leaves
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Dice tomatoes and place in a bowl. Add two crushed cloves of fresh garlic, 1/4 cup olive oil and basil. Mix well and salt to taste. Place in air tight storage container and let stand for a minimum of one hour letting the salt break down the tomatoes.
Slice bread into one inch slices and place on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and place in oven for approx. 3 minutes. Bread should be slightly toasted. Remove from oven and add a generous amount of tomato mixture to each slice and return to oven for an additional 8 to 12 minutes depending on your oven.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
Suggested tip: I sometimes add a slice of fresh buffalo mozzarella to the top of my bruschetta just before serving for those cheese lovers in my family.