One of my favorite comfort foods is bruschetta, I know that may seem weird but I love it, it makes me happy. I try to find new and interesting ways to eat it; instead of just eating it with a spoon straight out of the bowl, yes I have been known to do that. So here is one yummy way to prepare it, which pairs perfectly with a pasta dinner and a glass (or two) of wine!
Mozzarella & Bruschetta Crostini
- 1/2 loaf par-baked bread
- 8 oz. fresh mozzarella sliced
- 16 oz. assorted heirloom cherry tomatoes, quartered
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 1-2 clove garlic, peeled and minced
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 3 leaves chopped fresh basil
- Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Toss tomatoes, minced garlic, basil, 3 tablespoons olive oil, balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon sea salt and a pinch of pepper in a bowl, refrigerate until ready to serve.
Preheat oven to 350F. Slice bread loaf into 1 inch slices, brush each side with olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Bake bread slices for about 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned; bread should be toasted on the outside but soft on the inside.
Once bread cools, add a slice of fresh mozzarella and top with bruschetta. Enjoy!