Bruschetta My Way
A not so classic take on a very classic dish. Traditionally, bruschetta is a simple, grilled slice of country bread rubbed with garlic and topped with chopped tomatoes dressed up in olive oil, salt, and pepper. I take this dish 2 step farther by adding my favorite cheese (burrata) AND by marinading the tomatoes in a lemon + basil concoction that I stumbled across when I wanted to make pesto but didn't have the proper ingredients! Enjoy!
Ingredients (to make 6 servings):
- 1 baguette with a good crust on it (I like baguettes that are pretty large in circumference)
- 2 large balls of burrata cheese...my FAVORITE!
- 2-3 cups cherry tomatoes
- LOTS of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
For the Lemon-Basil Marinade **:
- 1/3 cup packed fresh basil
- 1/2 cup EVOO
- 1-5 clove garlic (totally depends on how much you like garlic!)
- Juice and zest of 2 large lemon (I like meyer lemons)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
For the bread:
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Slice baguette in 1-2in slices
- Pour EVOO into a shallow bowl for dipping
- Lightly touch each side of each slice of baguette to the surface of the olive oil to coat and place on a baking sheet - I line mine with tin foil
- Sprinkle slices with salt + pepper
- Bake for 10 minutes or until you see some golden brown, then flip and bake for another 5 minutes
- You can grill the bread instead! Just throw the seasoned slices on a grill at medium high and toast to your liking
For the marinated tomatoes:
- Wash the cherry tomatoes, halve them, and set aside in a bowl
- Juice and zest 2 lemons into your blender
- Remove garlic from their husks and add to the blender
- Add the remaining ingredients for the lemon-basil marinade in the blender and ZOOOOooom!
- Pour vinaigrette over sliced tomatoes and allow to marinate for a couple of minutes
For the burrata:
- Remove the burrata from the container
- Pull the burrata apart with your fingers to make pieces fit for a baguette slice
- Spread a small amount of burrata on each toast
- Spoon tomato mixture on top of the mozzarella
** Use the marinade as a salad dressing OR to marinade your favorite meat! I love it with skirt steak!