I have been on the search for the perfect bruschetta since I had it at Macaroni Grill, on a date with my hubby. It was so yummy, and the very dish that keeps us going back over, and over, and over again. I have tried a few times recreate it, and its fallen short. It was missing something, but I just couldn’t figure out what it was.
The other night we had our church small group over for dinner. A good friend of mine brought bruschetta. It was heavenly. I asked her for the recipe and she sent it my way. Hers was a warm bruschetta, with yummy melted mozzarella on top. Very delish. What I didn’t know while eating it was that it held the secret ingredient in it. It was the missing link! I needed to taste that yummy, warm, gooey, delight to figure out what mine was missing – oil packed SUN DRIED TOMATOES! It was love at first taste. MMM MMM good.
If you like bruschetta, hey, even if you don’t, you should try this recipe. It’s so yummy. Hey, and if you’re like me, you can skip it as an appetizer and eat as your straight up dinner. You won’t be disappointed. I promise.
- 3 roma, chopped
- 3 clove of garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup oil packed sun dried tomatoes, chopped
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp oil from the sun dried tomato jar
- 7-10 basil leaves, chopped
- 1 baguette
- garlic clove
- basil leaves
Mix the tomatoes, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, oil, and basil in a bowl. Place it in the refrigerator to chill and marinade. I like it in there for at least 30 minutes to get all those flavors mixed.
Meanwhile, slice and lightly butter your bread. Toast it under a low broiler for a few minutes. Keep a close eye on it. (I almost always burn my bread!) Once your bread is done, slice your garlic in half and rub your hot, toasted bread with it.
At this point you can either top your bread with the tomato mix and eat/serve immediately or you can serve them separately and let people top the bread themselves with the tomato mix.
This makes a great appetizer, or if you're like my husband and I, we like eating with for dinner, all by itself.