I don’t think there’s a better way to enjoy fresh tomatoes from the garden than made into bruschetta. The warm toasted bread, with fresh, flavorful tomatoes, a few extras added in for a little zing, and you have yourself a nice appetizer.
I’ve had bruschetta several different ways in restaurants and I’d have to say my favorite is still pretty much the simple style I like to make at home.
You simply cut up a loaf of French bread and slather on a bunch of butter. In my house I’m told not to skimp on the butter and if I do, I don’t hear the end of it until after dinner. We do live in Wisconsin so butter is a must in our house.
Put the bread in the oven. While it’s toasting, dice up your tomatoes, add a little bit of balsamic vinegar, a little bit of salt and pepper, some basil, and stir. If you have fresh basil – USE IT! I didn’t have any when I made these but dried basil in a bottle will work as well.
When the toast is done, add the tomato mixture on top and it’s simply that easy.
Wow your friends, wow your family, or make it for yourself.
Yield: 6 servings of 2 slices of bread each
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 - 8 miniutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
If you are making these up for a dinner party, you can easily make up the tomato mixture ahead of time and put into the fridge until right before serving time. I personally like my toasted bread warm, but the bread can be served at room temperature as well. Just don’t make everything up ahead of time. The bread will become soggy if it sits too long with the tomato mixture on it.
Loaf of French bread cut diagonally into 12 individual pieces
5 – 6 average sized tomatoes
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
2 – 3 teaspoons of basil
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Put cut bread slices onto cookie sheet.
3. Slather each slice with softened butter.
4. Place bread into oven to toast for 6 – 8 minutes or until slightly brown.
5. While bread is toasting, dice up your tomatoes.
6. Put diced tomatoes into a bowl.
7. Add the balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and basil.
8. Stir well.
9. Place mixture on top of toasted bread.