Monday, July 25, 2011

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Tomato Basil Bruschetta is a favorite in our house.  I love it because it is simple, delicious and loaded with antioxidants from the tomatoes, basil and garlic.  The tomato mixture can be made in advance earlier in the day.  This one's for you Lorie.  Enjoy!

Chop 1 1/2 pounds of fresh tomatoes, any variety.
Drain off excess juice and place in bowl with 1/3 cup olive oil and 1 teaspoon sea salt.

Wash and dry 1 1/2 ounces of fresh basil leaves.
Make stacks with the leaves and roll like a cigar.

Slice across the roll to chiffonade the basil.

Add basil to tomatoes.

Mince 6 cloves of fresh garlic and add to tomatoes and basil.

Take 1 sourdough or whole grain baguette and slice at an angle.

Mix 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt.

Brush the oil on each side of the bread slices.

Grill bread over medium heat about 2-3 minutes per side.

Top freshly grilled bread with tomato mixture and serve.