Savory Italian Bruschetta
When it comes to appetizers, an old favorite in our family would be bruschetta. A light infusion of robust tomato and savory herbs, all married on a tough french bread, it's no mystery why this spectacular dish sits at the top of our tastes! Whether you're a veteran or a newbie in the field of Italian treats, I'm 100% sure you'll enjoy this dish! After all, you clicked this link, your curiosity deserves a reward!
What you will need:
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups red grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 whole French baguette
2 cups yellow grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
16 whole fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 stick unsalted butter
In a small skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir frequently, lightly frying for just about a minute, but be sure to remove before the garlic gets too brown (it's okay if it's golden). Next, pour the garlic and oil into a mixing bowl and allow it to cool slightly.
Now, add the red and yellow tomatoes, balsamic, and basil to the bowl. Sprinkle the salt and pepper on top of the mixture. Toss to combine, and then taste: feel free to add more basil if you think it's needed, and more salt too - (just don't over salt though, yuck!) Cover and refrigerate for an hour or two (optional).
Cut the baguette diagonally, so that allows the slices the most surface area possible. Melt half the of butter in a large skillet and grill half the bread on both sides, making sure they're nice and buttery. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Repeat with the remaining 4 tablespoons butter and the other half of the bread.
Finally, give the tomato mixture a final stir, and then spoon generously over the slices of bread. Serve on a big platter as a first course or appetizer.
That's it! Now you can experience the joy our family does when you bite into this delicious appetizer. As always, please let me how yours turn out by leaving your tips and tricks in the comment section below. Have a swell day!