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Tomato Bruschetta

Tomato Bruschetta is a summertime treat, ideal for a light lunch or a simple gathering appetiser. The combination of fresh ripened red tomatoes and aromatic basil is simply a match made in heaven.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12 Toasts
Calories 136 kcal

EQUIPMENT

  • Bread Knife & Sharp Knife
  • Chopping Board
  • Bowl
  • Grill Pan or Toaster

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 600 g (1.5 lbs) Tomatoes On the vine and cherry varieties. Deseed and dice the vine tomatoes and slice the cherry tomatoes into quarters.
  • ½ Red Onion Chopped into a small dice
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil*
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • ¼ tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 12 Slices Wholegrain Rustic Loaf Sourdough or Ciabatta works well. Slice into 12, 1cm thick slices. If using a thin french loaf, you'll get 24 toasts.
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 12 Fresh Basil Leaves Washed and roughly torn or sliced into ribbons

Optional (But Recommended) Toppings**

INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • Prepare your ingredients and get your equipment ready.
  • In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, onions, olive oil, salt and pepper. Put to one side and prepare the toasts.
  • Grill the bread slices with a grill pan, or place in a toaster. You're looking for a crisp exterior and soft interior. On a hot grill pan, it will take about 3-4 minutes on each side - you are looking for those smoky grill marks. While the bread is still warm rub a clove of garlic over the surface of the bread. It will melt into it nicely.
  • Spread each piece of toast with the pesto (if using) and then pile on the tomato mixture. To serve, arrange the bruschetta on a plate or platter, scatter with torn pieces basil, drizzle with balsamic vinegar (if using). Serve immediately***.

NOTES

*If you choose NOT to spread Homemade Super-Green Pesto or an alternative Pesto onto the toast, then the Bruschetta would benefit from an extra tablespoon of extra virgin olive. Drizzle directly onto the toasts to infuse flavour into the bread. 
**The nutritional information does not include the optional serving ingredient Homemade Super-Green Pesto. If you choose to add this ingredient, the nutrition panel is on the recipe card on the Homemade Super-Green Pesto page. 
***Assemble the Bruschetta just before serving so that the bread doesn't go too soggy. If you want to get ahead, you can make the tomato topping ahead of time. In fact, the tomato salsa topping gets better if you leave the flavours to mingle (or macerate) for a couple of hours before serving. Just ensure to discard excess juices. Otherwise, you'll still end up with soggy bread.

NUTRITION

Calories: 136kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 174mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8g
Keyword easy appetizers, finger food, summer recipes
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