Bruschetta (Bra-ske-ta) is a very simple appetizer and Italian staple. I recently had a fresh herb windfall of basil and rosemary, courtesy of one of my coworkers who must be a gardening prodigy based on the size of this basil plant.
What I love about Italian food is that it's not about quantity or complexity, it's all about simple, fresh, quality ingredients. Bruschetta is a prime example of this, it requires only a few ingredients, which must be fresh and combine to create an amazing (and healthy!) flavor.
This is a small size recipe for 1-2 people to share, you can double it (or more) if you're having a party.
Fresh Italian bread, light toasted
1-2 ripe roma tomatoes
1 clove garlic
1 Tb olive oil (use a quality one!)
8-10 fresh basil leaves
Toast thick slices of Italian bread either under a broiler or in a toaster oven. Chop tomatoes and garlic and place in a small bowl. Tear basil leaves into small pieces and mix with tomatoes and garlic. Toss tomato mixture in olive oil and spoon onto bread slices. Serve.
Sorry the photo is a bit dark, but I sure you it was a rich red and delicious!