Tomato & Basil Bruschetta

Italian bruschetta is light & fragrant. A perfect meal for a hot summer’s day.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

6-8 ripe medium sized tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
Salt and ground pepper to taste

1 baguette/loaf of white bread
1/4 cup olive oil

Method

  1. Boil tomatoes in water for a minute in order to remove the skins more easily.
  2. Be careful not to burn your fingers (you might want to let them cool for a little while), and with a small sharp knife carefully remove their skins.
  3. Preheat your oven to 220˚ Celsius.
  4. Cut peeled tomatoes into quarters and remove the internal seeded/juicy part of the tomatoes. Chop tomatoes finely. Mix tomatoes, basil, Tbsp oil and vinegar in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Slice the baguette on the diagonal into slices about half an inch thick. Using a brush, coat the slices with olive oil.
  6. On a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper, place the bread slices with the oiled sides facing down onto the baking sheet. Toast in the oven for 5 mins or until lightly toasted brown.
  7. When toasted, place the toasted bread oiled side up on a serving platter. Rub a little minced garlic into the oiled side of the slices.
  8. Use a dessertspoon to place tomato and basil mix on top of the toasted bread slices.
  9. Serve immediately or the bread may get a bit soggy.

Hints and Tips

As the bread may go soggy while you wait for your guests to arrive, you may like to serve the tomato and basil mixture in a serving bowl on the side so they can scoop the mixture onto their own toasted pieces of bread. This will ensure the bruschetta is a perfect combination of sweet, salty, soft and crunchy.

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