caprese bruschetta

Jason LOVES Italian food. LOVES IT!  Spaghetti, lasagna, baked ziti, alfredo… You name it.  That boy will eat it.  His favorite restaurant is Olive Garden.  We head there at least once a month for date night and he goes all out, appetizer, salad, marinara sauce for the bread sticks.   My favorite food is definitely  Tex-Mex, that glorious mix of American and Mexican, but I do to make a lot of it and Jason will get a little tired of it after about three or four meals in single week.  “Babe, not everything has to have salsa…”  Italian, however, he does not get sick of.  One month, I made only Italian food for dinner for nearly two weeks straight just to see if he could get sick of it.  I think it may have been the best two weeks of his life.  Unfortunately, by the end, I burst into tears at the sight of uncooked pasta or tomatoes.

Bruschetta is the salsa of Italian foods. It is one of those dishes that can easily be a meal, side dish, or appetizer.  It goes great on crusty bread or grilled chicken or stirred into cold pasta.  Sometimes, for lunch, I’ll whip this recipe up and enjoy it all by my lonesome.  Other days, I might serve it as a starter or plate it alongside Spaghetti or Mediterranean Chicken.  This bruschetta is divine.  Inspired by Caprese salad, it has juicy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and lots of basil.  The bread is lightly toasted in a little bit of olive oil and garlic. I eat mine on Udi’s Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread, but I usually make Jason’s with Ciabatta or a loaf of crusty French bread.  It’s delicious either way!  Enjoy and have a great, Friday folks!

Caprese Bruschetta
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Ingredients:
3 Roma tomatoes, diced
10-12 basil leaves, shredded
6 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced
Salt and Pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 pieces gluten-free bread

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 Servings

Method:

1. Mix tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella together in a same bowl.  Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

2. Over medium heat, warm olive oil for a few minutes.  Add garlic and sauté until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Place bread in oil and toast on both sides until bread is golden brown too.

3. Place bruschetta on toast and serve with a good wine! 

Note: For added flavor, drizzle bruschetta with a teaspoon or so of Balsamic Vinegar just before serving!