Bruschetta is one of my “go-to” appetizers. We usually have all the ingredients at any given time since they are so basic to our pantry. I make this when we are entertaining friends or when it is just my family hanging out on a Friday or Saturday night. Bruschetta is golden brown and crispy on the sides and soft and slightly cold in the middle. The basil, garlic and olive oil mixed with tomatoes is divine – and the sea salt puts it over the edge. I like it straight away with freshly chopped ingredients after they have just been mixed together, although I have to say that I prefer it 24 hours later after all the flavors have had time to really blend. The tomatoes take on a darker color and it becomes a bit more acidic.
Ingredients: Fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste
Preheat broiler to high. Chop tomatoes (removing seeds) and place in a bowl. Stack basil leaves on top of one another and slice thinly with a knife or cut with scissors into strips. Combine basil, tomatoes, olive oil and a little sea salt and gently toss. Drizzle bread with olive oil and rub with garlic. Toast bread under broiler, it will take 2-3 minutes at most to become golden brown. Place the toasts on a serving platter and add the topping. Serve immediately, it is delicious with sparkling wine!