Balsamic Bruschetta

If you want a light and healthy snack or appetizer, look no further! The flavors in this balsamic bruschetta are so fresh and vibrant it screams summer (which is my favorite season). As if it could not get any better, it is super simple to make.


So what exactly is "bruschetta"? Bruschetta is a classic antipasto (appetizer) originating from Italy and consists of a toasted bread and is topped with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, and olive oil. There are actually a variety of types of bruschetta, but today we will be focused on bruschetta with tomatoes.


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic minced and 1 garlic clove, halved

  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 8 ripe roma tomatoes

  • 1/3 cup basil (about 7 leaves)

  • 1 french bread loaf or any rustic Italian bread

  • 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt (regular salt works fine too) or to taste

  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped medium white onion (optional but I find it adds a nice flavor & crunch)


Instructions:

  1. Evenly chop tomatoes 🍅, onion 🧅 (if using), and minced garlic then place into a medium sized bowl.

  2. Rip basil leaves or ribbon with a knife and add to the bowl. Add 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, a splash of balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Let the mixture marinate in the fridge for up to an hour.

  3. Slice the baguette in 1/4 - 1/2 inch slices. Brush a little olive oil on each side of bread.

  4. Place bread on a cookie sheet. Bake for 1-2 minutes until golden brown under broil setting. Do not walk away during this; the bread will burn if you do not watch it carefully. Grill the bread if you prefer.

  5. After bread is toasted, rub each side with halved garlic clove.

  6. Top with tomato mixture and more balsamic vinegar if you'd like. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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