Quick & Easy Bruschetta

The other day, I promised I would cook an appetizer for a work event. Yawn. No offense to my coworkers but this is not my favorite kind of event to cook for as I prefer events with wine. Alas, I could not deprive my colleagues of experiencing a culinary masterpiece. I pondered what would take minimal effort but still knock my coworkers’ socks off and then it hit me…bruschetta!

You’ll need:

  • 1 loaf of French bread
  • 2 pints of cherry tomatoes
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • High quality balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Handful of basil leaves (about 10 or so)
  • Butter

Start with about two pints of fresh cherry tomatoes. I used a few mini heirloom tomatoes as well to spice up the color palette.

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Cut tomatoes into quarters and set aside.

Grab 5 cloves of garlic and finely mince. Place two tablespoons of olive oil into a hot pan and add your garlic.

DSC02874Watch that beautiful garlic sizzle until golden brown. Remove from the heat and pour the olive oil garlic mixture into small bowl. Set to the side and allow the mixture to cool slightly.

DSC02875Use a pair of kitchen scissors to easily cut up about 10 basil leaves. Add tomatoes and basil to a large mixing bowl.

DSC02862Add a few pinches of salt (do not over do it), freshly ground pepper, and about a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. I just eyeballed it, shaking the vinegar directly into the bowl.

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Next, pour in the garlic and olive oil and mix until thoroughly combined.

DSC02877Set the tomatoes aside to allow the flavors to meld. Now on to the french baguette! Cut a baguette into pieces about a half an inch thick. You can also slice the bread, diagonally into longer, larger slices if you prefer. Butter generously on both sides and place into the oven, preheated to 375. Bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown.

DSC02860Mmm, love me some crisp, buttered bread.

DSC02864Finally, load the French bread to the brim with spoonfuls of your rich, bright tomatoes.

DSC02881These bad boys were one heck of a hit. My colleagues oohed and ahhed as I set my colorful plate down for them to admire. I also didn’t hate the excessive praise for my cooking skills after they bit into the the buttery toast. I have to agree with them! This bruschetta will make your taste buds jump up and down. But let’s keep it our little secret that this took less than 30 minutes to pull together! Shh!

 

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