Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tomato & Basil - two ways

Holy cow! I can't believe its the end of August. But hooray, that means almost the end of the hot weather. We only have to tough it out for a few more weeks. Then we'll be leaving here in september to make the long trek to weed california, where josh will be recording with the band for a month and I'll be heading up to washington with our kitty and we'll spend most of the trip there. (the recording process isn't cat friendly)

But anyway! On sunday I got a super strong craving for a tomato and basil bruschetta, and i immediately went to the store to pick up a baguette. It's one of my favorite things to eat... EVER. I really should be making it more often. A sunday lunch/dinner doesn't get much easier than this.
Tomato and basil bruschetta

6 or 7 ripe plum tomatoes, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (plus more for bread, optional)
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped.
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 baguette

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Put the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and basil in a bowl and mix together. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Slice the baguette in 1/2" slices and lightly brush one side with olive oil. Place on a cooking sheet, olive oil side down. Toast for 5-6 minutes, until the bread just begins to turn golden brown.

Spoon the mixture onto the bread.

(And be prepared to eat it all.)

Or you can also spoon the mixture on top of some pasta, like i did the next night. It was amazing. And just as easy.
Tomato and basil pasta


  1. I adore bruschetta too! And I'm thrilled the heat is almost over... can't wait.

  2. This makes me regretful that I never got around to eating my version of this on some crusty bread slices! http://tamingthetart.wordpress.com/2010/08/21/let-them-be/

  3. We always throw a little parmesan in with the tomatoes and basil, it give a little bit of extra salty-nutty bite that goes so well with bruschetta.

  4. oh, how I like such quick and light meals! yum!

  5. Have you tried roasting cherry tomatoes with olive oil, garlic, bread crumbs and Parmesan? At the end, toss with lots of fresh basil and pasta. Sublime. http://bit.ly/9zwogJ

  6. I really dislike hot weather too! I can't wait til Fall kicks in...best weather. I think bruschetta is the tastiest thing ever. It's a good way to start a meal :]



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