Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bruschetta With Tomatoes And Basil

Today's post will include a recipe for Bruschetta, a favorite of ours which can be made using fresh or canned tomatoes.


Preheat the broiler and toast thick slices of crusty bread on both sides.

Prepare a dish of 4 tablespoons olive oil with a generous sprinkle of garlic salt or fresh.

Dip each side of bread in olive oil mixture.

In a medium bowl, combine 1 quart jar of diced tomatoes, drained or 4 medium tomatoes, diced,

1/2 cup dried or fresh basil, and salt and black pepper.

Divide the tomato mixture among the bruschetta. Enjoy!

You might also enjoy a bit of melted mozzarella on the bread before adding the tomato mixture or a sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top of the tomato mixture.

If you grow your own tomatoes and basil, you have a very inexpensive addition to your next Italian meal!

My daughter Emily usually prepares this recipe using fresh ingredients, but recently we were out of tomatoes and really wanted bruschetta to serve with a company meal. With gas prices and tomato prices being what they are and not wanting to drive the long distance to town for just one item, she decided to try making it with our home-grown canned tomatoes. It was DELICIOUS!

One of our goals as a family is to learn to plan more and more of our meals around ingredients we presently grow or which we could grow in the future. The tomato is a *star* ingredient on our list. It, like the potato, is SO versatile!

I'd love to hear your favorite ways of using up your tomato harvest:)



P.S. Emily bakes 2 baguettes for the bread in this recipe.

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