summer favorite of mine and is best with tomatoes right out of the garden - I'm pretty sure I could just eat this stuff morning, noon, and night! There is no exact science to it and it's fun to add different things as you go! The tomato mixture is great on toast points in the oven (bruschetta), as a dip (like salsa), mixed together with croutons for a light salad, on top of chicken, or even mixed in with some pasta. It's great to eat as soon as you've finished making it but also has a great flavor after spending a few days in the fridge and letting the flavors "merry." So - here are the main ingredients I use to put it together - super easy, super fast, and did I mention its also super delish:)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes or until edges of bread are golden brown and cheese is melted
* 1 cup of fresh, diced tomatoes (I use whatever has the most flavor - right now its cherry tomatoes)
* 2 tbsp Basil
* 1 tbsp olive oil
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1/2 tsp black pepper
* 1/2 french baguette
* 1 tsp balsalmic vinegar
* 1/4 cup of diced onions
* 1 garlic clove
* 1/3 cup fresh mozarella
* Preheat oven to 375 F.
* Dice the tomatoes and place in bowl - add salt and pepper.
* Wash basil leaves well and roll into a tight roll and cut length wise to make nice even sized slivers. Add to tomato mix and add olive oil. Mix well together and if desired add balsalmic vinegar, diced onions, or garlic (you don't have to add all - pick those you like and go with that). Let set for at least 20 minutes.
*Slice french baguette into small rounds and drizzle with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet cover each piece with mozarella cheese(optional). Add the tomato mixture to the top of each piece and bake for about 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown and cheese is melted. If you are planning to offer the tomato mixture as a dip, bake the french baguette slices in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown and serve with the tomato mixture.
**As I mentioned above - this is also great as a topping on grilled or baked chicken or tossed in with some pasta and a little more olive oil. You can also chop up some ciabata bread and bake to make your own croutons...add this mix and some seedless cucumbers and ta da....you have a panzella bread salad.**