Bruschetta

September 2, 2011

Does anyone really need a recipe for something that’s just simple, good ingredients combined into a classic?  You truly can’t go wrong so just consider this a reminder to make a batch of this  tomato-y, garlicky, basiliciousness!

  • Fresh Italian Bread
  • Tomatoes, 6 to 8 medium
  • Garlic, 3 or 4 cloves
  • Red Onion, about 1/3 cup when diced
  • Fresh Basil, 1/4 to 1/3 cup when snipped
  • Olive Oil, 2 to 3 tablespoons plus more for brushing the bread
  • Balsamic Vinegar (or Lemon Juice) 2 tablespoons
  • Salt and Black Pepper

Dice the onion, mince the garlic and snip the basil.

Dice the tomatoes.  I cut them into slices first then diced by making several slices in each direction.

Combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic and basil in a large bowl.

Add a scant tablespoon of coarse-ground salt and a teaspoon or two of coarse-ground black pepper.

Add the olive oil and vinegar.

Stir it all together, taste it and adjust the seasoning if you like.  It’ll be better if you let it sit for a while before serving.

Just before serving, turn on the broiler.  Arrange bread slices on a baking pan and brush them generously with olive oil.  Toast under the broiler for a just a minute or two.  Don’t do what I did…get busy doing something else and forgetting the bread until the whole kitchen smells like burnt toast.

Spoon the tomato mixture onto the toast and serve immediately.  Enjoy!

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1 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme September 8, 2011 at 9:58 am

So right, Karen, you just can’t go wrong with bruschetta. Especially when the ingredients are as fresh as yours!

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2 Mandi September 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Yes, I need a recipe for something this simple so THANK YOU! My cousin is in LOVE with bruschetta so I’m thinking about making it just for her when she births this new baby that’s in her belly in two weeks. You know, like a “good job” gesture. Thanks again!

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3 Pam September 9, 2011 at 9:56 am

Growing up in an Italian family, we ate this almost nightly during each summer because of the abundance of tomatoes and fresh basil in our garden. We never called it Bruschetta, but we always just called it tomato salad. It was always served in a bowl before dinner with olive oil and vinegar (no balsamic then, just regular red wine vinegar) and then each bowl had a slice of crispy Italian bread sitting on the side for sopping up all the deliciousness left in the bowl when you were done.

Now we live on this all summer long and call it Bruschetta. I don’t care what you call it, it’s just always delicious. In fact, this was my dinner all by itself the other night. Two pieces of Italian bread and a big bowl of this goodness and I was good to go. Sometimes I add fresh mozzarrella (the pearls) to this when I want a little something extra. No matter how you make it, it’s perfection. And the addition of the balsamic adds so much more than the standby of red wine vinegar did when I was growing up.

My tomatoes died out by the end of July from blight just as they were getting full, so it was my first summer of having to purchase tomatoes. It killed me doing that knowing that normally I have so many I have to give them away.

Heading to the farmers market on Sunday for some late season fresh tomatoes. Can’t wait.

Thanks for sharing, Karen.

Pam

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4 karenbove September 9, 2011 at 10:15 am

Thanks Pam! My tomatoes haven’t done well this year and I’ve been buying them too. Although I’m a little late getting them in, new plants are going in this weekend and I’m hoping to have better luck with this fall crop.

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5 jbarner December 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Do you know how many people this recipe would feed? I’m having an all-appetizer party for the Holidays with 10 people. Thank you! Looks delicious!

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6 karenbove December 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm

It should serve ten as an appetizer but it can’t hurt to throw in a extra tomato or two :)

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7 Joe January 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm

So easy to make and so delicious! This has become a requested app at any social event I’m invited to.

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8 Tera April 20, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Made this last night, absolutely amazing! Thank you!

Happy Easter :)

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9 karenbove April 20, 2014 at 6:10 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed it. It’s a favorite here too!

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