Recipe: Fresh cherry tomato bruschetta
The Yankee Crafty B*tch shares that perfect end-of-summer recipe.
When the tomatoes first start to turn red, orange and yellow in the garden, it is a very happy day for any gardener. I like to pick the first one during the afternoon, when it still lingers with warmth of the hot summer day. Bitting into a sweet savory warm cherry tomato is a moment that I cherish during the first days of the tomato season. As the summer moves forward so does the bounty of the harvest. After a weekend away, I came home to so many cherry tomatoes I needed to create a dish where the sweet-savory flavors could be on display.
What you’ll need:
1 french baguette
1 stick butter melted
4 cups cherry tomatoes- minced
4 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions (about 6)
5 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
12 tablespoons fresh basil- thinly sliced
Salt and Pepper
What to do:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the stick of butter in a small frying pan over low heat. Meanwhile, on a cutting board slice the bread at an angle, in slices ¼” thick. Place the sliced bread on a cookie sheet, single layered.
Once the butter melts, gently brush the bread slices with the butter. Bake in the oven, on the middle rack, for 7 -10 minutes. Watch the oven to make sure you don’t burn the bread, checking every 2-3 minutes. The bread, or crostini, should be golden brown – and well toasted. Remove from the oven and let cool.
With a serrated knife, slice the tomatoes in half, then quarter. Place the small minced tomatoes in a large bowl. Slice the scallions, add to the tomatoes and gently toss. Add the olive oil. Let sit.
Stack 7 – 10 basil leafs on top of each other. Roll the leafs together, and thinly slice with a sharp knife. Repeat this process until you have about 12 tablespoons.
Place the crostini on a plate. With a large tablespoon, place a heaping spoonful of the tomato mixture on each crostini. Place a pinch of the sliced basil on the top of the tomatoes. Add a pinch of salt and pepper on each bruschetta.
Resist the temptation to eat the whole plate before serving to your loved ones looking for the last little taste of summer.
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