Cooking Classics: Tomato-Basil Bruschetta

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The Technique

Tomato-Basil Bruschetta

Bruschetta is simplicity as its finest. Grilled bread makes a wonderful appetizer when served with a blend of homegrown tomatoes in particular. Multigrain Baguettes ground this version, however consider Ficelle or Rustic Batards for an equally delicious take. The recipe works well with any type of tomatoes you have growing in your garden too so from heirloom to cherry & grape, it’s bound to be lovely. Learn how to make an appetizer friends will rave over. 

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makes 4 servings

2 medium tomatoes such as Plum or Beefsteak, seeded & diced
A handful of grape & cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 Tbsp each olive oil, balsamic vinegar & chopped fresh basil
1 small garlic clove, pressed
Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
Multigrain Baguette, sliced
Olive oil
1 garlic clove, cut in half
Garnish: Fresh basil leaves

Stir together the first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Season with salt & pepper. Set aside. Brush the baguette slices with olive oil. Grill over Medium-High heat {350-400 degrees} until toasted, a few minutes per side. Rub the cut side of the garlic on the toasted bread. Garnish the tomato mixture with fresh basil leaves & serve with the bruschetta.

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How To Prepare Tomatoes For Bruschetta

A number of lovely tomato varieties may be used in order to make this classic dish. From Sunsugar & Sweet 100’s to Beefsteak & even Plum, it’s important to know how to prepare them for this recipe. Once salted, tomatoes begin releasing liquid which can take away from the taste & the appearance of the appetizer. Gather a cutting board & a serrated utility knife, then follow these pointers.

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Place a damp cloth towel under a cutting board. First, start by slicing the grape & cherry tomatoes in half, then place them in a large bowl. Next, address the slicing or paste tomatoes. Using a serrated utility knife, cut the tomatoes horizontally from the stem end through the base. Push your thumb through the center section to remove the seeds. Slice the pieces into strips then crosswise to dice. Place the tomatoes in the bowl & proceed with the recipe instructions as directed.

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