Not every recipe has to be complicated and take a long time to put together. Note to self. This Bruschetta can be assembled in no time. The flavors come from the freshness of the ingredients and the tartness of the balsamic you use. Additionally, I had bought basil to make a pesto. I did not use all my basil for that recipe and I do not want anything to go to waste. Bruschetta is a perfect recipe to use the rest of the basil.
Equally important to the freshness of the ingredients is having a hearty, sturdy bread to hold the ingredients. I bought a nice fresh, crusty Italian bread. I like the crustiness and then I bake it with olive oil before it is assembled to make it even more crusty.
- 12 - 15 grape tomatoes, quartered
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 Yellow Onion, diced
- 2 - 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4 -5 slices of Italian bread
- Throw the quartered tomatoes and diced onions into a medium bowl.
- Mix in the minced garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and the balsamic vinegar.
- Stir in the thinly sliced basil and add salt and freshly ground black pepper, adding more to taste.
- Let the flavors meld for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.
- Meanwhile, take the slices of bread and toast in a 325 degree oven for 3 - 4 minutes. (You can brush with olive oil if you wish)
- Serve and enjoy!