Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bruschetta

I've been studying abroad for the past month and about half of my meals have been provided at school. The place we take classes provides lunch for the Italian students that live there so we have been eating with them. Each meal has bread, a pasta dish, a meat dish, vegetables, and ends with a nice dessert of fruit. This has saved me tons of money, but also fills me up for the rest of the day. For dinners, my roommates and I are not usually that hungry so we have become obsessed with bruschetta (bru-ske-ta). Here's my personal recipe:
fresh bread
basil leaves
garlic
olive oil
balsamic 
onion
tomatoes
salt
pepper
1. In a medium bowl you combine diced tomatoes (2-3 large) and diced white onion (about 1/3-1/2). Add a few tablespoons (2-3) of olive oil and a few dashes of pepper.
2. On the stovetop, toast slices of fresh bread so that they are warm and crisp. Cut a garlic clove in half and rub the garlic directly on the warm toast. 
3. Spoon the tomato mixture onto the bread slices. Add julienned basil leaves.
4. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar onto the bread. Finally, sprinkle sea salt onto the bread and enjoy!

I usually eat this with salami, cheese, cherries (in season and very good here) and a nice glass of wine!

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