Bruschetta is an easy recipe that almost everyone loves. Bursting with the vibrant flavors of summer, you can even whip it up in a hotel room. Read on to see just how easy that is.
Last Wednesday we hit the road for Chicago. First stop? We needed to pick up our summer CSA on the way out of town. Since I knew we wouldn’t be able to use it all on the road, I left a few things with my sister – collard greens, snow peas, and shiitake mushrooms found a home with her. My recommendation was to make a yummy stir fry with them. I took red kale, kalette, blueberries, thumbelina carrots, and sweet basil with me.
As soon as I saw the basil I knew what I wanted to make with it. Knowing we would be eating restaurant food for the next six days, I had packed as much produce and perishable items as I could on ice. We love eating out but it gets a bit pricey with 5 foodies in the house and we get a little tired of it after a bit. One of the things I had packed was grape tomatoes. Mhm! Basil and tomatoes.
When we stopped at a Whole Foods for some vegan marshmallows for a friend who had found them in Chicago some years back, I grabbed baguette, onion, and garlic for our evening meal. I was racing daylight and couldn’t get the greatest pictures but I did want to share because the ‘proof is in the pictures’. I totally made bruschetta in my hotel room.
Once we got back to the hotel, I grabbed a couple paper plates, the tomatoes, garlic, basil, onion, and baguette, and started dicing and mincing. Thankfully I had the forethought to ask the bakery to slice the bread. Too bad I forgot to bring a sharp knife and cutting board from home. Funny how sharp plastic knives are though!
I diced and minced my produce in no time at all, putting all my ingredients in the pint jar I had brought my tomatoes in. I didn’t have salt or pepper, but while just a hint would enhance the flavor, we have been working on learning to enjoy the fresh flavors of produce just as they are. It wasn’t too difficult with this combination!
I added all the ingredients together, shook, and mixed the jar, then piled generous scoops of fresh bruschetta onto crusty slices of baguette. Our evening treat was indeed an easy recipe fit for kings and queens.
Easy Homemade Bruschetta
Yield 2 cups
- 16 ounces grape tomatoes
- 1/8 cup minced white onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 8 sweet basil leaves
- 1 loaf baguette
- Dice grape tomatoes.
- Mince onion and garlic.
- Finely chop basil.
- Mix ingredients together.
- Top over sliced baguette.