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Bruschetta

Early last week I found a giant heirloom tomato in my garden that should have been picked a few days sooner. If I didn’t want it to go to waste, I needed an immediate use for it. Since we had a guest coming over that night for snacks and drinks, I had to think of something immediate AND easy to prepare. Bruschetta was the first thing that popped into my head since we had a loaf of roasted garlic bread on hand already.

A quick search for bruschetta on Pinterest (which is the first place I search for cooking ideas these days) led me to the bruschetta with tomato and basil recipe on Simply Recipes. I had everything the recipe called for on hand and was able to have this bruschetta topping ready for the roasted garlic bread just a few minutes after our guest arrived.

Bruschetta

This bruschetta was so good that I’ve made it for dinner thrice more in the last six days. This bruschetta is good enough that I don’t think we’ll tire of it this summer. I’m confident that nearly every ripe tomato I pull out of the garden for the rest of the summer is going to be turned into a bruschetta topping. It’s easy to make (especially on hot August weeknights when I’m tired and don’t really want to cook) and the only ingredient I don’t always have on hand is a loaf of fresh bread.

I made very few changes to the recipe from Simply Recipes. I have been substituting heirloom tomatoes from my garden for the plum tomatoes. Since heirlooms are a lot juicier than plum tomatoes, I’ve taken to chopping the tomatoes and letting them drain for about 10 minutes in a small colander set over a bowl.  I haven’t been scooping out the seeds from my tomatoes as we don’t mind them in a dish like this. The only other real alteration to the recipe I’ve made is adding a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes to each batch for a little hint of spice.

7 Comments

  1. This bruschetta looks incredible!! Loving your blog and so glad to be a new follower! xoxo

  2. Reminds me of the lovely late-night dinner featured in “Julie & Julia.” Nothing better than home-grown tomatoes at this time of year.

    • Carolyn, I had completely forgotten about that part of “Julie & Julia”…but now I want to watch the movie again to remember it.

  3. It doesn’t look simple to me… It looks super Tasty… so mouthwatering.

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