Jan 23

Cook What You Love, Love What You Cook

Despite the occasional exception to the recipe rule, Blissful Basil has become a food blog that is incredibly biased toward Italian fare. I can’t help it; there is something in my predominantly Irish and Swedish genes that lures me into the tomato-laden, comforting arms of Italian cuisine. I’m a pasta-loving, basil-chopping, tomato-crushing fool who is quite possibly incapable of going carb-free, and I’m cool with that. On that note, here is one more for the Blissful Basil books…

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta (Serves 4)

For the Heirloom Tomato Topping:

◊ 2 pints heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved and quartered

◊ 1 large handful fresh basil, thinly sliced

◊ 2-3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

◊ 1 tsp salt

◊ freshly ground black pepper

For the Bruschetta:

◊ 1 rustic baguette, cut into 1-inch-thick slices

◊ olive oil

◊ 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled

1. Combine the tomatoes, basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat. Arrange the baguette slices on the grill pan and drizzle with olive oil. Grill on one side for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown and just starting to char. Turn over, drizzle with olive oil, and grill on other side for 3-4 minutes.

3. After grilling, place the baguette slices on a large cutting board and vigorously rub the top of each with a garlic clove. The warmth of the baguette will actually “melt” the garlic down.

4. Plate the baguette slices and serve alongside the bowl of heirloom tomato topping.

Comments

  1. I’m all about the Italian fare. This looks awesome, so fresh and colorful.

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