One day last week, I was faced with the following conundrum: what could I fix that would use up the last 1/3 of a loaf of Italian bread, a handful of grape tomatoes that were on the verge of becoming wrinkly, and a basil plant that is threatening to take over our back yard?
Bruschetta! Or my version of it anyway! What's great about it (and also makes it hard to write down) is that these measurements don't have to be exact - just use what you have on hand.
4 cups fresh basil, loosely packed
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
5-6 cloves garlic
3/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Italian bread or something equivalent
2 cups diced tomatoes (I used a combination of the grape tomatoes plus a couple of Better Boys from our garden)
1 cup or so of mozzarella, depending on how cheesy you want it
3 tbs. butter, melted
Put the ingredients for the pesto, except parmesan cheese, into a food processor. Blend well, but the goal is not to liquify it. Put into bowl and stir in parmesan cheese. Set aside (I actually like to set this aside for 1/2 hour or so to allow flavors to blend, but that is not necessary)
Brush the slices of Italian bread with the butter. Then spread pesto on each slice (the amount depends on personal preference). Top with diced tomatoes and then mozzarella.
Place on baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted (sometimes I put in the broiler to speed things up).
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