February 22, 2012 by blackbirdideas
I am so freaking ready for Spring that I can’t stand it. I want to have pink fingernails and wear pink and purple jeans with short sleeves… oh, and be warm. Yesterday I had a large case of the chills. My heat was out at work and by the time that I got home I was in need of some warmth. Bf found me later that night literally sweating under the covers of my bed. He asked me if I was ok or if I wanted to take a few blankets off and I told him to leave me alone. I would rather have sweat to death under that duvet than have been cold for one more second.
While I can’t make the weather change, I can dress more brightly (goodbye black!). I can also cook like its spring… or maybe even summer. I have fallen hard for something so delicious that I have only managed to snap one photo of it since my obsession began. Bruuuuschetta…. its like music to my ears. I have made this for dinner more than a handful of nights, I have made it for a party, and the ingredients are almost always in my fridge.
I thought that I would share the recipe so that you can become obsessed too. I am not sure what it is… the cheese? the tomatoes? the basil? the vinegar? the bread? I think that it is the combination of them all together to make, what I consider, to be the perfect bruschetta.
Oh you want to see a picture first? Oh all right.
Looks good doesn’t it? I Instagramed this a while back so if you follow me there you may have seen it. This was at least the 2nd or 3rd time I made it. I can’t believe I got a picture before diving in.
Let’s get started:
1 container of small tomatoes (I have used heirloom, cherry, and grape and they are all good), cut into halves and fourths
8 or so fresh basil leaves, chiffonaded
fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into slices
2 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper
french bread cut into rounds (1 container of tomatoes will make about 10-12 pieces of bruschetta so cut 10-12 if you are planning on making that many)
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place bread rounds on a baking sheet. Toast one side in the oven for a few minutes until toasty. Remove toast from oven, flip over to the un-toasted side and place a thick slice of mozzarella on it. Place back in oven until the cheese has begun to melt. Remove when ready.
Meanwhile, cut up tomatoes and basil and throw into a bowl. Add in salt, pepper, oil, and balsamic. Mix together adjusting the ingredients until you get it to your liking.
Plate the piece of cheese toast and top with tomato and basil mixture. Eat immediately… every night… for ever.
I found another picture of it on my computer. Its an up close one.
I know I say it all the time, but this rocks. It rocks in a just-can’t-get-enough way… which is my favorite way.
Also, it tastes like summer with fresh tomatoes, cheese, and basil. Yum Yum. Oh, and summer? Please hurry.