You talk. We listen. During the past weeks, we had a number of fruitful conversations about Piece of Plate while being out and about. It feels good that our approach to sustainable lifestyle is gaining traction! Despite apparent willingness to change old habits there seems to be a common denominator that halts individual action. Time. Old friends and new acquaintances kept saying they are super stoked to get on board and will do so… once they have time.
In response we say: We got you. Paying a closer attention to summer time’s packed social schedule we are starting a new segment called ‘Done in 10’. These are meals that you can whip up in less than 10 minutes and are complementary to social gatherings.
Nothing could be more fitting than to start with than this Bruschetta recipe. This one takes me back to a family vacay in the sunny Tuscany! Just so it happens I am spending quality time with my peeps while sharing this one! Quick and delicious bites for the whole family. Make it from fresh and local tomatoes and let the feast begin. Small steps are better than no steps. So let’s get started!
For the topping:
- 4 Roma tomatoes, cored & seeds removed then chopped
- A bunch of fresh basil leaves (~5-10 pieces), chopped finely
- 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- Salt to taste
For the base layer:
- 1 small loaf rustic Italian bread or French baguette, sliced 2-3 cm thick
- 1-2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
- Olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 200℃. Finely chop the garlic.
- Slice the bread/ baguette and spread them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with olive oil and divide the chopped garlic evenly. Bake for 8 minutes.
- Meanwhile, core the tomatoes, remove the seeds, and dice them into a medium sized bowl. Chop the basil leaves and add to the tomatoes.*
- Add olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Then, season to taste with salt and pepper.**
- When the bread is ready top with the tomato mixture and serve with love & fresh basil leaves on top!
* Make sure you choose the right tomatoes, ideally meaty ones with less juice. Roma tomatoes are a safe bet!
** Don’t be shy on the pepper! Always taste while seasoning to reach the optimal taste balance.