I'm fairly certain that this is the recipe my husband made a couple of years ago for a Valentine's dinner he made for me. That was the first time I ever tried Bruschetta--it was one of those things I assumed my husband would never even consider ordering when out to dinner! I LOVED it when he made it and I enjoyed it as much this time around! It's very easy to make and would be a great appetizer to accompany an Italian meal--or any meal, for that matter! This particular recipe is for 6 servings, allowing approximately 2 pieces a person.
Double Tomato Bruschetta
3 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil 1-1/2 cloves minced garlic 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons fresh basil, stems removed 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 French baguette 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat the oven on broiler setting. In a large bowl, combine the roma tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, basil, salt, and pepper. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes.
Cut the baguette into 3/4-inch slices. On a baking sheet, arrange the baguette slices in a single layer. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes, until slightly brown.
Divide the tomato mixture evenly over the baguette slices. Top the slices with mozzarella cheese. Broil for 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
If you were to look up the word "picky" in the dictionary, you would see a picture of my husband off to the left. Growing up, I was exposed to all sorts of different foods and encouraged to experiment with different flavors, but after meeting my husband, I somewhat locked myself into an eight to ten meal rotation and was reluctant to deviate. I have since given birth to two of the least picky eaters on the face of the Earth, thus inspiring me to transform my cooking style. I know many people, like myself, lead such hectic lives, so I strive to find recipes that are quick and easy--especially those that you can whip up with ingredients that you ordinarily have on hand!
A bit about me...I married my husband, Marcus, on June 1, 2003 and we welcomed our son Jacob on March 22, 2005. Our daughter, Madeline, was born on March 1, 2008. I stay home with the kids for the most part, but also work occasional shifts as a registered nurse at a local hospital. I truly hope you enjoy my blog. A special "thank you" to my sister, Sarah, for giving me the idea! Her creativity is hard to live up to, but I'm a very determined person and hope to make her proud :)