Recipe: Tomato & Basil Crostini

Tomato & Basil Crostini or Bruschetta is not a new recipe to most people.  And perhaps my recipe below has nothing new in it.  But whether it does or not, takes nothing away from its over-the-top deliciousness.  I fixed it up quickly for some friends the other night in hopes that it would turn out edible.  Well, in fact, I think it was my favorite dish of the night.  Absolutely amazing!

My easy recipe here is not naturally gluten-free, but you can make the gluten-free Rustic French Bread recipe for the perfect bread substitute!  It does not go without saying that I think the fact that I was able to go out my back door to grab my fresh tomatoes and basil only makes the dish that much better.  Don’t let that stop you from making it, though.  Pick up your tomatoes and basil wherever it is available to you.  Enjoy this favorite dish of summer!

Tomato & Basil Crostini

This dish works great as an appetizer or even as your bread side dish to accompany your main course.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 multi-grain baguette
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, extra-virgin
  • 1/4 cups basil leaves (fresh), chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoons black pepper

Instructions

1. Dice tomatoes & place in bowl. Add balsamic vinegar and minced garlic; toss and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Slice baguette into 1/2 inch thick slices and lay flat on a cookie sheet. Brush on olive oil. Bake in a 375 degree for 8-10 minutes, or until golden & crisp.

3. Remove tomatoes from the refrigerate and stir in coarsely chopped basil (I cut mine with kitchen scissors.), kosher salt, & black pepper.

4. Distribute the tomatoes evenly across the baguettes and spoon a little bit of the leftover balsamic vinegar over top of each.

Serve and enjoy this fresh taste of summer!

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11 Responses to Recipe: Tomato & Basil Crostini

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  2. that sounds so delicious! i love tomato and basil together!

  3. Kristen says:

    Looks great, Michelle! I just wish my kids liked tomatoes….but maybe I could make this for a treat for Dan and I. :)

    • Cook says:

      That’s actually a good thing that your kids don’t like tomatoes. That means there will be more for you and Dan. Make it for dinner, you won’t be disappointed! I still have to comment on your post from today (just trying to sort out what I want to say. I love it!)

  4. Cindy says:

    What a perfect recipe for summer! Nothing screams summer like tomato and basil fresh from your garden :) YUMMO! My name is Cindy and I blog over at Vegetarianmamma.com I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we’d love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! You can find this week’s link up here: http://vegetarianmamma.com/gluten-free-friday-recipe-link-up-1/

    Thanks,
    Cindy

  5. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  6. Miz Helen says:

    Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Marci says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I am visiting today from Deep Roots at Home.

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