Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Munch Madness: Bruschetta!!!


You know Spring is just around the corner when you start hearing about March Madness (or as I call it, "Munch Madness"). It all starts this Sunday (Selection Sunday) when the NCAA picks and seeds the teams that are eligible to participate for the national championship on April 6. Then from March 15 to April 6, it will be nothing but basketball, basketball, basketball on TV. The games are fast-paced and exciting. Maybe even your alma mater is in it! During this time, the potential to have guests over often is high, so you might want to keep your menu quick and easy. For the next couple of weeks, I'm going to feature simple, but tasty, snacks that you can whip up 1-2-3. This week's featured appy for Munch Madness is: Bruschetta!

What I love about this recipe is that it is so fresh, vibrant and light. You can find some really nice tomatoes in the market right now. The combination of tomato, onion, garlic and fresh basil is a slam dunk. Some bruschetta recipes call for using only olive oil, but I like adding a little balsamic for that extra pop. I think you'll like that also. These are light little munchies that will definitely satisfy.

(Serves 4-6)

4 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 tbs finely minced white onion
2 tbs fresh basil, minced
1 small garlic clove, minced with a garlic press
3 tbs olive oil
1 1/2 tbs balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper to taste
1 loaf of Italian bread, or French baguette, sliced into 1/4" thick rounds


1.  Heat the oven to 450-degrees. Place the pieces of sliced bread on a sheetpan and place in the oven. Bake until the tops of the bread are very slightly toasted. Keep an eye on them because you don't want then completely browned. This should take only 5 minutes (or less, depending on your oven). Remove from oven and let cool.

2.  Mix the remaining ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl and let sit until the bread has cooled.

3.  Spoon the tomato mixture on top of each piece of bread.

Place on a serving platter and let the games begin!

I know you're going to enjoy making (and eating) this. Your guests will love it, too.

I will see you next week for some more Munch Madness! Keep on Homegating!

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