Friday, May 7, 2010

small bites: simple tomato bruschetta

my friend kim and i met for dinner recently and decided to make a fun dinner of small bites - all italian themed.  i love having the variety of dinners like these - it's satisfies so many cravings at once.  this night i made a tomato bruschetta, and an artichoke bruschetta and kim made a super zesty olive tapenade.  we served them on flatbread crackers and wheat crisps, but they would be awesome on some crunchy french bread as well.  i'll post the recipes for each in my upcoming blogs starting with the simple tomato bruschetta. enjoy!



  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil

core and chop your tomatoes and place in a bowl.  add in the minced garlic and dried basil, and then drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top.  gently toss and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.  some notes: i rarely eat onions, so i excluded and went for a straight forward tomato flavor.  also, you can sub in fresh basil, but i didn't have any on hand, so i just used dried.  letting it sit overnight really made the difference in flavor.

10 comments:

Lauren said...

Yum! I love bruschetta! Yours looks amazing! Mmm!

jessy said...

dan & i have never made bruschetta before - and i loooove your idea of a small bites dinner. i love little bits of this & that - makes my tastebuds sing! totally going to try your simple tomato bruschetta, and i can't wait for the artichoke bruschetta zesty olive tapenade recipes, too. thanks, miss v.! :) happy friday to you - i hope you have an excellent weekend!

5 Star Foodie said...

A great appetizer!

T said...

I love bruschetta- especially now that the tomatoes are getting more seasonable. Looks delish!

HayMarket8 said...

Looks super great! I have also never made bruschetta before! I have been missing out!

Bianca said...

Bruschetta is an all-time fave for me. So simple, so delicious....

The Voracious Vegan said...

I love bruschetta but I never make it, that has got to change! Yours looks so simple and delicious, just fabulous. Thanks for this great idea!

VivaciousVegan said...

I love bruschetta so much and yours looks divine!!

shellyfish said...

Appy dinners are so fun! I love having dinner parties (or just dinner with my family) and preparing lots of finger foods and such. Looks lovely. Hope you had a great weekend!

JennShaggy said...

Thanks, Miss V!
Damn that Brushetta looks amazing. I want :)