A tasty Italian appetizer topped with heirloom tomatoes, yummy basil and feta cheese.
Have you ever seen the movie, Julie and Julia? What a classic film! I’ve seen it like a dozen times! When it came out in ’09, I was mesmerized by the bruschetta (pronounced bru’sketta) that Julie made for her hubby, Eric. It was so beautifully done! In fact, it was just downright mouthwatering! I just had to recreate it.
The buttery grilled bread topped with juicy, marinated heirloom tomatoes along with fresh basil! Just divine and so incredibly easy to make. Some people (hubby) would call this an appetizer. I, on the other hand, call it a full meal. Maybe because I literally consumed two helpings of it in just one sitting. I just couldn’t stop until they were G-O-N-E!! If I’m being completely honest, it was just likely due to my ravenous hunger after Sunday church service. 🙂 Nonetheless, the entire family enjoyed the garlicky (grilled) bread, which is exactly what bruschetta means in Italian, grilled. Ok, well technically, it means “roasted over coals” but “ain’t nobody got time for that” as hungry as I was! 🙂 I simply grilled them with butter on top of the 19th century stove! Ahhhh, what a convenience they must have thought back then. All of that manual labor for this delicious dish to be gobbled up in a hot flash! I was definitely born at the right time, guys! 🙂
Start by slicing the heirloom tomatoes into quarters to create bite sized pieces. Then chop your basil into beautiful ribbons and add balsamic vinegar, olive oil, kosher salt and pepper. Allow the flavors to meld for at least 15 minutes while you grill the bread.
So back to this buttery, garlicky, delicious bread! Melt a couple tablespoons of butter in a skillet and grill the bread on both sides until golden and gorgeously browned. After removing from the skillet, immediately brush the bread on both sides with the cut side of a whole garlic clove. It will just melt right into the hot, grilled bread! Yum! Can you smell that????? Now top each slice with the marinated tomato mixture and garnish with feta cheese. Ok, ok I just had to add a classic Greek ingredient with this classic Italian dish! It just works!! Go with it! Until next time…Say Grace, my friends and enjoy!! 🙂
- 1.5 pints (20 oz.) gourmet heirloom tomatoes, cherry and/or grape sized
- 12 fresh basil leaves, (chiffonered...is this a word) (anyway, cut into ribbons)
- 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
- 2 T. olive oil
- kosher salt, to taste
- coarse pepper, to taste
- 8 oz. Italian loaf (about 8 slices)
- 2 large garlic cloves, cut in half
- ½ stick butter, for grilling,
- ¼ c. Feta, garnish
- Slice the tomatoes into quarters to create bite sized pieces.
- Add basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and kosher pepper. Mix well. Allow the flavors to meld for at least 15 minutes while you grill the bread.
- Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a skillet and grill the bread on both sides until golden and gorgeously browned. Grill in batches if necessary.
- Remove from the skillet and immediately brush the bread on both sides with the cut side of a whole garlic clove.
- Top each slice with the marinated tomato mixture and garnish with feta cheese. Say Grace and enjoy!!