Bruschetta with Tomatoes & Basil

Bruschetta is an Italian midday snack made with slices of thick crusty bread toasted over a fire and drizzled with olive oil and garlic. To make it even more irresistible, we add tomatoes and fresh basil. The key to this recipe is the bread. The best bruschetta is made with fresh thick-crusted country bread.

2 medium cloves garlic, minced pinch salt
1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup chopped plum tomatoes
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil
4 thick slices of Italian, French, or sourdough bread

Serves 4

In a medium size bowl, mash the garlic and salt together with the back of spoon or a pestle. Stir in the olive oil, tomatoes and basil.

Cut the bread into slices 1/2 inch thick. Toast them in the broiler or on top of a grill. Spoon the olive oil and tomatoe mixture over the bread and serve. Brushetta goes well with soup and a simple salad, or serve it with roasted vegetables.

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