Saturday, July 31, 2010


this is one of the easiest, and tastiest appetizers you'll ever make! it's under 10 ingredients, all of which can be found year round. it takes no more than a few chops with a knife, a whirl of a food processor blade, and a spoon to scoop the bruschetta into a bowl (or into your mouth!). this cool, fresh take on bruschetta is a delicious treat that i guarantee will make many appearances at your future parties, picnics, and gatherings!

4 large plum tomatoes, seeds removed and chopped
4 gloves of garlic, minced
3/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped
1 tbs fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
bread toasts or crackers for serving

-chop all ingredients in a food processor or blender until pieces are in small chunks
-serve with bread or crackers, enjoy!

this recipe was given to me by my grandfather's good friend, Gail. my grandparents' fridge is never empty of this delicious snack!

-if you don't have a blender or food processor, you can do all the chopping by hand! it'd still be delicious, and a little more chunky and 'rustic' looking!
-to make your own bread toasts: slice a loaf of fresh bread (like a ciabatta, sourdough, or italian white bread) into 1/4" slices, and then cut each piece into 2" pieces (bite size!). place in a single layer on a baking sheet, drizzle or spray on olive oil, and toast in the oven at 375 degrees until bread starts to turn golden brown.
-put the leftovers over pasta, and turn it into dinner! yum!
-you can use black olives instead of kalamata olives, or try some roasted garlic instead of fresh!
-make it a warm dish by placing the bruschetta on lightly toasted bread, sprinkling some shredded mozzarella cheese on top, and bake it in a [375 degree] oven until the cheese is melted

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