Bruschetta

This is possibly the easiest to make appetizer that still makes a big impression. I prepped the bruschetta topping well ahead of time to let the flavors mingle and marinate the tomatoes in the seasonings but this can easily made just before eating. A fresh app like this requires the best ingredients to really shine so go all out at the market. I recommend looking for nice heirloom tomatoes because they tend to have firm flesh and bright colours to add some pop to the presentation.

Ingredients:

  • (I left out the exact proportions to allow you to adjust for your own tastes)
  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Olive oil infused with garlic
  • Baguette

Instructions:

  1. Infuse whole garlic cloves into olive oil on low heat until the garlic browns. You can make a large batch and store for later as garlic flavored olive oil is always useful.
  2. Slice tomatoes and squeeze out and discard the seeds. Dice and add to mixing bowl.
  3. Dice garlic into very small pieces and add to mixing bowl.
  4. Gather bunch of fresh basil and slice into thin strips and add to mixing bowl.
  5. Drizzle with garlic infused olive oil until lightly covered and mix all ingredients together. Allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes to improve flavors.
  6. Brush olive oil onto baguette slices and add a few pieces of garlic. Toast until lightly browned.
  7. To serve, either serve bruschetta mix separate or top and serve immediately as it will quickly soak into the bread and leave it soggy.
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