Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Easy summer dining
When it comes to dining, I'm all about easy, fresh meals that can be pulled together as quickly as possible.
In the summer I especially love meals served family style (one big platter in the middle to share) and can be snacked on. It works great for warm evenings spent outside.
I can't remember when we first started making bruschetta with tomato and basil, but it's been a staple in our home for quite some time. Our girls pretty much only eat the toast and cheese, but they enjoy eating with the grown-ups. I like to serve it deconstructed so everyone to make theirs the way they like it.
Bruschetta with tomato & basil:
Put your oven rack on the very top and pre-heat oven to 450 degrees
Seed and finely chop 6-7 ripe plum tomatoes (sometimes I also use a carton of baby tomatoes) and put in a bowl.
Add two cloves minced garlic (or more, if you're into that kinda thing), 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar and a handful of chopped basil leaves to the bowl and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste then set aside.
Slice a baguette into 1/2 inch slices and brush one side of each slice with more olive oil. Place oil side down on a cookie sheet and put in heated oven on top rack. Toast for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown.
Pull out your bread, flip it over and serve with your tomato & basil mixture and some parmesan cheese on top.
What is your favorite summer meal?
P.S.- Sunday we prepared a baguette in the same way and topped it with this smashed pea and mint spread.
Posted by Randi at 7:00 AM