The delectable nature of fresh tomatoes cannot be beaten! We love to eat them simply, with a smattering of salt and pepper sprinkled on thick juicy slices. However, a quick, flavor-filled alternative is to make bruschetta. Paired with whatever bread or crackers you choose, this mouth-watering concoction will make your belly sing.
- 2 lbs tomatoes, seeded and chopped (~ 3 cups)
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-2 TBSP white onion, minced
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp olive oil (plus more for your bread)
- 1/4 c fresh Italian basil leaves, sliced into ribbons
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- Bread or crackers for serving; try an Italian-style bread grilled, toasted, or pan-fried
- Place the chopped tomatoes in a colander to drain off excess juice.
- Once drained, in a medium-sized bowl combine tomatoes with the remaining ingredients (except bread/crackers) and mix well.
- Allow tomato mixture (bruschetta) to sit or chill for an hour. This allows the flavors to meld and develop.
- Drain mixture to remove excess juices.
- If using bread, brush slices with olive oil and grill, toast, or pan-fry until golden.
- Serve bruschetta in a bowl and allow folks to top their own bread or crackers for maximum crunch.