Updated: May 10
Oh, Lesley, our dear friend! She's the kind of person who can turn a regular night into a magical one. You know what I mean? We're talking quality time, belly laughs, and of course, her famous bruschetta! It's like every bite is a burst of flavor and every moment with her is a delight. It's no wonder we keep coming back for more - we can't resist her charm and her bruschetta! And let's not forget the wine - a glass (or two) of vino with Lesley's bruschetta is the perfect recipe for a fantastic evening. Cheers to Lesley and her magical bruschetta!
Time: 20 mins | Serves: 2 - 4
3 tomatoes (whatever is in season and diced)
2 cloves of garlic
1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1-2 olive oil
A small handful of fresh basil (roughly chopped)
Pinch of salt and pepper
And some bread: baguette or pane de casa or sourdough - thinly sliced
HOW TO MAKE IT
Let's talk about Lesley's heavenly little gem that is bruschetta! This easy-to-make appetizer is perfect for impressing your guests or just treating yourself to a little slice of heaven.
1. Let's start with the bread:
Pop slices of bread in the oven and lightly toast them up to perfection. Now, this is where the magic happens - take a whole garlic clove and rub it all over the toasted bread slices. It's like giving your bread a garlic hug!
2. Moving on to the tomato mixture:
Mix together those fresh and tasty tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and a splash of lemon juice in a bowl. Give it a good mix, then add some crushed garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper to really make those flavors sing.
3. Now, the grand finale:
Place that delicious tomato mixture on top of your garlic-rubbed slices of bread. Want to take it up a notch? Add some shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese for an extra burst of flavor. Then, pop it in the oven for about 10 minutes at 180°C (350F) until the cheese is melty and gooey.
And voila - you've got yourself a plate of heavenly Bruschetta to enjoy with your favorite people (or keep it all to yourself, we won't judge!). So, go ahead and indulge in this delicious appetizer - you deserve it!
Bon appétit bébé!
BENEFITS OF THIS MEAL
Bruschetta, oh how we love thee! This Italian classic is not only delicious, but it's also packed with benefits that will leave you feeling like a culinary genius. Here are some of the benefits of Bruschetta:
Fresh and seasonal: The tomatoes used in this dish are whatever is in season, which means you're getting the freshest and most flavorful produce available.
Vitamin C boost: The tomatoes and lemon used in the tomato mixture provide a great source of vitamin C, which is essential for a healthy immune system.
Garlic goodness: Garlic not only adds a delicious flavor to this dish, but it also provides potential health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease and lowering cholesterol levels.
Basillicious: Fresh basil is not only a flavorful addition to this dish, but it's also rich in antioxidants, which can help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Olive oil benefits: Olive oil, which is used in the tomato mixture, is a great source of healthy fats and has been linked to potential health benefits such as reducing inflammation and improving heart health.
Simple and easy: This dish is quick and easy to prepare, making it a convenient option for a healthy and tasty meal or appetizer.
Versatile: Bruschetta can be customized to suit your taste buds, whether you prefer a classic tomato and basil topping or something more adventurous.