May 7, 2012

Bruschetta with tomato & basil

          Bruschetta is a fresh, simple, easy to make Italian appetizer which is made of toasted bread topped with tomato and basil. its ideal to make any time of the year.
         Its a prefect choice when you have guests over for dinner.. Simple to make and is loved by both adults and kids..
       Tomatoes should be sweet and firm. You can either use cherry tomatoes ans slice them in half or use large roma tomatoes and chop them into small pieces..
              As you know by now, Neil has started to talk and has his own language which by no means will he change... there is this one argument which we have daily. I show him a tomato and say TOMATO.. he looks back and says very firmly POTATO... He goes on saying POTATO till I finally give up. But when I am not around, he wont call it POTATO... It reminds me of the HAMBURGER incident from pink panther movie.... And btw, he calls potato BATATA- marathi word for potato...


Ingredients:

  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 15-20 lemon basil chopped
  • 2 large cloves of garlic chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 8 thick slices of french baguette bread

Method:

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine chopped tomatoes, minced garlic, chopped basil, olive oil. season with salt & pepper. Let them sit in fridge for about an hour to let the flavors mix and intermingle. I substituted lemon basil for Italian basil. Its much smaller in size as compared to Italian basil and is sweet with a lemon tang... Smells fresh and citrusy...
  • Now for the baguette! You can cut straight, round-ish slices of the bread if you’d like the pieces to be on the small side. Or you can cut extreme diagonal pieces like the way i cut them, to allow for more surface area and hence more topping. So go for the diagonal cut and loads of topping
  • Now take 1 garlic, chop it in 2 pieces and rub the cut end all over the bread.
  • You can toast the pieces of bread in the oven. But why would you want to do that when you can toast them in a pan on stovetop..
To serve, arrange the bread pieces on a large platter and heap the tomato mixture onto each piece and top with a leaf of fresh basil...
Enjoy !!!


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