This original recipe came from The Pioneer Woman, and she not only makes the tomato topping, but also grills the bread slices in a little butter. I did the same with the bread the first time I made this and it really did make it extra yummy. However, it is also awesome spooned on top of crackers right out of the box. I would definitely recommend using the grape tomatoes like she mentions since they seem to not be quite as juicy. I've tried using roma tomatoes and even a large slicing tomato, but they just left too much juice at the bottom of the bowl.
The other thing you'll definitely need for this is fresh basil. When I first made this, I decided to buy a little live basil plant that was being sold in the produce section right by the boxed "fresh" herbs. I planted it shortly after buying it and now I have a thriving basil plant that I've used for all kinds of recipes! Lately I've been been trying to think of recipes specifically to use the basil since I have so much off it! Anyway, here's the recipe:
(Source: The Pioneer Woman)
2 T. olive oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 pints of grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 T. balsamic vinegar
16 whole basil leaves, sliced (see the pictures below for an easy way to slice them all at once)
- Add the tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and basil to the bowl. Stir to combine and taste to see if it needs some salt and pepper. It probably will, so add a little till you think it's good :)
|The garlic starting to cook.|
|Toasty brown garlic.|
|If you use grape tomatoes, you really only have to cut them in half.|
|To slice all the basil at once, start by stacking them on top of each other.|
|Then roll them up.|
|Then start slicing. You can kind of see how they're all rolled here.|
|All chopped up.|
|Tomatoes on top of garlic.|
|Vinegar on top of tomatoes.|
|Add the basil.|
|Salt and pepper and you're all done!|
If you're interested in making the buttered and grilled toast pieces (which I highly suggest) then check out the Pioneer Woman's site. Just click on her name at the top of this post.
Have a great week!