Italian cuisine has always one of my favorites. When I was little my mom took my brother and I to Italy for the summer and we stayed in this villa outside the small medieval town of Montalcino, smack in the middle of Tuscan wine country. If I recall correctly the villa was owned by a winemaker/farmer and was situated on the edge of his vast property. I remember running through the lanes of grapevines, chasing sheep and stomping grapes in a bucket of course. A child's dream and also the place I was first introduced to Italian cuisine (at least as far back as I can actually recall) and believe me it was love at first taste! Bruschetta is a typical Anti-pasta which comes before the actual meal and opens up your stomach for the usual large plant of pasta to follow. HA HA! If you are interested in making this at home you are going to need the following:
Serves 3-4 as an appetizer
4 Tomatoes (I use vine tomatoes) - remove seeds and chop into pinkie nail size bits
1-2 Cloves of Garlic (if you like garlic put more... obviously) - minced
1/3 Cup of Chopped Basil
1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Add all the ingredients except the baguette to a bowl and let sit and "marinate".
Cut the baguette into 1/2 inch slices and brush with olive oil on one side. Place them on a baking sheet, olive oil side up and broil them in the over until they start to brown (like toast).
Once out of the oven dress the baguette with the ingredients in the bowl.
Garnish with some more basil if you like and it is ready to serve!
I hope you enjoyed this simple recipe. If you did please tell me about your experience in the comments below. If you want me to try something else I am always up for suggestions!!!!
**You can always make this gluten free by using gluten free bread instead of the baguette.