It's summer again and soon fresh tomatoes will be everywhere! One of my favorite things to make with them is just a simple Bruschetta...here's my recipe:
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
6 or 7 fresh basil leaves, ripped up
2 cloves of garlic, (1 halved, 1 chopped)
1/4 cup olive oil (extra-virgin is best!)
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
salt to tast
8 slices of crusty Italian bread, sliced about 1/2 inch thick
Preheat your broiler, grill or toaster oven. In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, chopped garlic, basil, olive oil, vinegar and salt. Toss gently to evenly coat the mixture with oil.
Place the slices of bread on a baking sheet or rack and allow to broil or grill, flipping them over once, until each side is lightly toasted. (This should take about 2 minutes!)
Remove the toast from heat and rub one side of each piece with the halved garlic.
Top each slice of bread with the tomato mixture. Serve alone or with a wonderful slice of salty Italian cheese, like parmeggiano reggiano or ricotta salata.
**You can also mix in some chopped up olives, cucumbers or capers (my favorite because they're salty)... SUPER easy and delicious!