I’m sure I’m not the only person who saw the movie “Julie and Julia” and then suddenly had a craving for bruschetta. So, I promptly looked up the recipe, and since then I have made this dish many times.
Yield: 4-6 servings
Total Time: 20 minutes
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil - plus a little more for later on
Lots of Basil - to taste
1 Garlic Clove
Cut the outside of the tomato off, and chop it up. I use the Vidalia Onion Chopper - that thing is awesome (thank you grandma Alice!) I use it for this dish because it makes the tomatoes have a uniform look, because they are all chopped into the same sized little squares! I add 2 Tbsp. of olive oil, and chop up half of the container of basil that I get at the grocery store. It's probably around 12 leaves/2 Tbsp chopped of basil. Then I sprinkle a little salt, and stir it up. This mixture needs to sit for a couple of minutes so that the tomatoes will render their liquids and the flavors will all mix together.
While that is happening, I chop my baguette into 1/2 inch slices. I then heat up a skillet with olive oil in it. You want to coat the bread lightly on both sides with the olive oil. Fry until the bread is toasted to the desired darkness on both sides.
While the bread is cooling off on a plate somewhere, pull out a clove of garlic and peel it. Then cut one of the ends off. Stick it with a fork - this makes me sound crazy, so I added a picture for this one. You are going to rub the piece of garlic onto the toasted bread - that tip is brought to you by none other than Brittany herself, who says she can't cook!?
Once you rub the bread with garlic you are ready put the meal all together. I heat the tomato mixture (microwave, 30 seconds) sometimes the cold tomato/warm bread is a good combo - all depends on your taste. Scoop the tomato mixture onto the bread and eat!
Usually when I make this dish, I don't use balsamic or parmesan cheese, but this time it just sounded good. So, to the tomato mixture I put a splash of balsamic vinegar, and sprinkled parm on top to serve.