We don't have a big garden, but we DO have tomatoes and herbs, which is enough to make my garden-vegetable-loving heart very happy. One of my favorite things to make is bruschetta topping, and it's so simple. It makes a wonderful appetizer or a great lunch for a busy mom.
The term bruschetta (pronounced broo-sket-ta, by the way; the "ch" in Italian makes the hard "k" sound) actually applies to the roasted bread. The bread in Italy is so good; it's easy to imagine that people would have found creative ways to use day-old bread. Slices of bread are usually rubbed with a bit of olive oil and garlic, and the bread is delicious on its own. But with a topping made from fresh tomatoes, it's heavenly!
To make it, you simply chop tomatoes and stir in a bit of chopped fresh garlic, lots of chopped fresh basil, salt and pepper to taste, and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with any good bread or heaped on top of toasted bread slices. Here's the recipe:
1 pound fresh tomatoes, washed and chopped
1 clove fresh garlic, finely chopped
fresh basil leaves, chopped (I use a LOT!)
1-2 Tablespoons good olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Stir garlic into tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle in olive oil. Gently fold in chopped basil. Add a little more olive oil, salt, or pepper if needed. Serve with roasted slices of bread. Enjoy!
**Do you love fresh tomatoes and basil as much as I do? What do you make with them?
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