Easy Homemade Bruschetta

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I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Bruschetta, its the perfect fresh appetizer. My girlfriends from New York were visiting me last week  and we had an urgent craving for some… but I was kind of embarrassed that I didn’t know how make it, it seems so easy! (But it also seems that people screw it up easily too!) Ever since I had Bruschetta in Italy, nothing seems to compare… but this recipe definitely hit the spot! So for those of you who love Bruschetta but don’t really know how to make it either, here’s a classic and simple recipe that my parents serve at their restaurant.

Ingredients:

  • 10 cherry tomatoes (organic is best)
  • 1 long Italian baguette
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, whole
  • 5 Kalamata olives
  • 3 tbsp olive oil (+ some to drizzle on bread)
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp basil, chopped
  • Sea salt & cracked pepper
  • Parmesan cheese

In a bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, basil, salt & pepper and olive oil. Slice olives and tomatoes * in fourths and soak them in the mixture while you slice the baguette** into 1 inch pieces. Drizzle olive oil on bread and arrange on tray, broil until crispy about 5 minutes. Rub the 2 garlic cloves on the bread, sprinkle Parmesan and broil for another minute. Remove and top with tomato mixture and enjoy!

*Tip:  putting the tomatoes in the freezer for a little makes slicing so much easier

**Tip: Flipping over the baguette face down to slice makes its 100x easier and doesn’t “smush” the bread

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T O M A T O E S

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Did you know that tomatoes contain almost as much Vitamin C as an orange? But unlike oranges, they contain lycopene (one of the most powerful antioxidants) which helps eye health, prostate health and can even protect skin from UV rays this summer! Tomatoes even help reduce risks of cancers, especially gastric, ovarian, pancreatic and prostate cancer. I know many people who don’t like tomatoes, usually its because people are buying conventional tomatoes with GMOs, which reduce its flavor significantly and make it mushy and runny. Try eating tomatoes from the farmers market that are organic and seasonally picked, they are so much sweeter and delicious-er than store bought.

If you do like tomatoes, you would love my Avocado Kale Tomato Sandwich and my Tomato Basil Bowl 

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