It's a new year and we are stepping up our hors d'oeuvre game.
If you're like me—a twenty-something with Jewish mother tendencies—you adore feeding your loved ones. Anytime I have guests over, whether for a simple movie night or full blown dinner, I like to have something small for them to snack on to feel comfy and homey as they arrive. Sometimes that's just some chips and dips, maybe a salad, or (if I'm feeling fancier) this bruschetta.
This bruschetta is sure to set the mood for a great night—it's even been known to turn the biggest tomato haters into lovers of this vegetably fruit. This recipe is light, packed with fresh flavors and so simple that you'll be kicking yourself for ever serving the store bought alternatives. It's only six ingredients, most of which you likely already have at home.
- bread of your choice (my faves are baguette, ciabatta, pizza crust or cauliflower thins)
- tomatoes (ideally sugar plum or roma)
- 4-6 cloves fresh garlic
- fresh basil leaves
- rich olive oil
What you'll do:
First take your bread, slice it up, pour a drizzle of olive oil and toast lightly in the oven.
Mince the garlic and have it sit in a bowl with some olive oil to extract the flavors.
Next, get chopping with your tomatoes. Since tomatoes in America taste like water—a pretentious but accurate description—I like to use sugar plum cherry tomatoes. They're crunchy and sweet and make for a great choice. Cut them once length wise then 2-4 times width wise.
Once the tomatoes are all chopped, gently mix in with the garlic-infused olive oil. Add more olive oil if necessary, cut a few leaves of basil and add salt to taste.
Then spoon the tomatoes over your bread right before serving and voila! There you have it!