I’ve been growing basil on my windowsill and have consequently been eating bruschetta a heckuva lot. Here’s my favorite/easy way of preparing it:
Nice crusty Italian bread, thinly sliced (I usually pick up something nice from the Smiths Bakery)
Vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
a clove of garlic
fresh basil, chopped
salt and pepper
optional: fresh mozzarella
Combine the tomatoes and basil (proportions are up to you–I like lots of basil) in a bowl and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Toast the bread until it’s nice and crunchy (if you’re making lots, you can do it all at once in the oven, but for one or two people, a toaster is fast).
Rub the toast with a clove of raw garlic.
Drizzle the toast with olive oil
If you use mozzarella, put a slice onto the toast.
Pile the tomato/basil mix on top
Drizzle the whole thing with balsamic vinegar to taste.
I love this meal oh so much, and it’s so easy.
This is traditionally served in small portions as an appetizer, but I’ve taken to making myself 3 or 4 slices of toast (depending on the size of the slices) and just eating it as a main course. :)
I looked for a good pic online but haven’t found one yet. Maybe I’ll just have to photograph my own next time I make it. But the one I’ve got here will do for now.