Friday, July 22, 2011

Summer Bruschetta

The beautiful little flowers are rosemary flowers.

4 slices crusty Italian bread
Extra virgin olive oil to brush on bread
Good salt

Brush olive oil on both sides of the bread and season with salt. Toast (in the oven) or grill until golden brown. Set on serving plate.

Tomato Mixture:
1 lb. cherry tomatoes
Small bunch of basil
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced lengthwise
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Slice the tomatoes in half.

Heat a saute pan for 30 seconds on medium-high. Add the olive oil, immediately followed by garlic. Allow the garlic to sizzle (about one minute). Add the tomatoes and basil, turn the heat off and toss. Season with salt and pepper and pour over bread.

*This tomato mixture can be tossed with 1 lb. of pasta and served with grated Parmesan cheese.