❤ Valentine’s Day 2014 Featured Post ❤
As an avid traveler to Italy, I fell in love with the simplicity of Italian foods.
While Italian bruschetta (sounds like “brew-ske-tuh“) may sometimes omit the tomato mixture, this is my own recipe for making a tasty and simple tomato bruschetta that’s sure to “complete you,” (hence the recipe’s name – a personal term of endearment). I usually serve this bruschetta as an appetizer, although I’ve been known to enjoy a few slices as my main course as I love tomatoes and bread.
I found my ciabatta at my local Austin HEB. It comes in loaves or mini-loaves. I prefer to buy the thickest loaves I can find. If you have a personal favorite Austin artisan bread company that you like, share the love.
I strive to serve my bruschetta fresh out of the oven. I know I’ve prepared my bruschetta perfectly when the bread is warm and the tomatoes are just a bit cool; it’s a great combination! You can also serve this dish at room temperature. To prevent soggy bread, top the toasted bread with the tomato mixture just before serving.
3 | Roma Tomatoes, Seeded and Chopped 1 | Garlic Clove, Peeled and Pressed (or minced) 6-8 | Fresh Basil Leaves, Torn by Hand 1-2 Tablespoons | Extra Virgin Olive Oil (use the good stuff) To Taste | Kosher Salt and Fresh Cracked Black Pepper Loaf | Ciabatta Bread, Sliced Horizontally Then Sliced Into Serving Pieces Splash | Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2-3 | Garlic Cloves, Peeled and Cracked (yields 4-6 pieces of bread)
What To Do:
1. In a medium-sized bowl stir the tomatoes, fresh minced garlic, basil, oil, salt and pepper. Set aside and let marinate 20-30 minutes.
2. About 20 minutes into the marination, preheat your oven to high/broil.
3. Place your sliced ciabatta on a cookie sheet lined with foil and place a tiny splash of more olive oil on top of the bread.
4. Toast the bread in your oven for 3-5 minutes (please, no burning).
5. While your bread is in the oven, stir your marinated tomatoes then pop them in the refrigerator for a few minutes to chill a bit.
6. Remove the bread from the oven. Rub 1-2 slices of bread with a cracked piece of garlic (with fork or hand) and let rest for 2-3 minutes. Rub new cracked garlic cloves on the remaining bread slices (1 garlic clove will yield 1-2 slices of bread).
7. Top bread with your fresh tomato mixture and serve.
~ Joe Paul Reider
Home Style Austin Founder Austin Realtor® Keller Williams Realty, Inc.
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