“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” –– Leonardo da Vinci
Take bruschetta, it’s the perfect summer dish with minimal preparation and nothing more than grilled bread, rubbed with garlic, drizzled with olive oil, seasoned with sea salt, and if desired, topped with fresh tomatoes and basil.
Don’t overdo it, let the ingredients speak for themselves, just know that for a delicious bruschetta you need to begin with the best ingredients. Good crusty bread, fruity extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil and garden-ripe tomatoes packed with flavor.
Ready to make this simple and delicious antipasto?
4-6 large slices of crusty bread, cut in half
1 garlic clove, cut in half
Extra virgin olive oil
4 ripe tomatoes, chopped (with juices)
Palmful of fresh basil, torn into small pieces
Using your broiler or grill, toast the bread slices until they are golden on both sides. Using one half of the garlic and squeezing it between your fingers, rub each slice of toasted bread with it to impart a nice garlic-y taste. Next, drizzle on the olive oil and sprinkle the toasts with sea salt. Arrange on a serving platter.
For the tomatoes, mix the tomatoes, basil, a pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil into a bowl and serve alongside the toasted bread.
I like to eat bruschetta simply on it’s own, but if you’re having a get-together or don’t feel like cooking and want a light dinner –– fresh mozzarella and prosciutto make a perfect pairing.