Thursday, July 25, 2013

Summer In Your Mouth

Basil and tomatoes are one of the greatest combos ever (next to Frodo and Sam, 007 & M, or Skywalker & Obi-Wan). Some things just go together!


Bruschetta is an explosion of flavors in your mouth and you can't help but taste summer.  This is one of our son's favorite appetizers or snacks...although, to be honest, we have eaten an entire tray as our supper some nights.  The key here is getting fresh tomatoes off the vine from your local farmer's market and fresh ingredients--it's better for you, the environment and the economy.

Keep it simple with a fresh loaf of French bread; or, go all out with the goat cheese and toasted pine nuts version.


Note: 
I have never tried this, but you could conceivably exchange cilantro, red onions, and jalapeños for the basil and green onions, and make a salsa.

Equipment
Large mixing bowl
Chopping Surface
Knives to chop

Ingredients:
3 cups tomatoes, diced
5 green onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
10-12 basil leaves, chopped

1 tsp kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper
3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 tsp red wine vinegar
Juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon

French bread or ciabatta, sliced
4 oz. Soft goat cheese
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted & chopped

Instructions:
1. Wash your hands.
2. Wash tomatoes, herbs, and onions.


3. Seed tomatoes and finely dice them.



4. Slice your green onions and mince the garlic
5. Chop a nice handful of fresh basil.  Sorry the dried stuff isn't good enough for this.
6. Combine first 9 ingredients. (except bread, cheese, and nuts)



Add 2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar
Add 3 Tablespoons of good olive oil
Add juice of 1/2 to 1 full lemon.

7. Once it's gently combined, adjust the taste according to your liking with additional salt, lemon, vinegar, or oil.

8. Slice fresh baguette and enjoy!


Optional, but so worth it:

9. Toast slices of bread in oven with a drizzle of oil


10. Toast pine nuts ( as demonstrated in previous blog. Remember these little nuts burn easily) 
11. Spread goat cheese on toast.
12. Sprinkle pinenuts on bread.


13. Place generous helping of tomatoe mix on top.