Monday, July 16, 2012

Bruchette alla Romana

Lately, my modus operendi has been lazy cooking. Lazy, lazy, lazy. 

However, lazy doesn’t mean bland. Today is all about my favorite summer fruit: tomatoes.  I know, I know. Not everyone writes love letters about tomatoes. In fact, my husband used to say he disliked tomatoes. But that was before bruchette and slow roasting.

Bruchette is the garden tomato’s super-swag singles party; one of the perfect summer foods. Antipasto? Yes. Pretend lunch? Yes. Snicky snack? Of course.

And when you get really lazy, and can’t finish your bruchetta,  use it to make the best pizza possibly ever.

Though I’ve had the joy of pulling one tomato from the vine, I am a long way from the cart-loads of tomatoes I’m dreaming of in August.

Bruchette alla Romana:

(adapted from Chicago Celebrated Chefs: Francesca’s Restaurants) (and yes, they spell it bruchette)

3 medium tomatoes cored, seeded and diced

1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ tsp chapped garlic
12 fresh basil leaves, julienned
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
butter for brushing on bread
3/4 c. feta cheese
Crusty Italian bread, cut into 1/2-inch slices -- 1 loaf

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine the tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil and a good pinch of salt and pepper (to your taste). Stir well to evenly mix and set aside to marinate for 20 minutes.

While the tomatoes are marinating, lay the bread slices on a baking sheet and toast in the oven about 4 minutes. Turn and toast on other side 4 minutes more. The bread should be lightly toasted, but not hard.  Take bread from oven and while still warm, brush with a bit of butter.
Arrange the bread slices on a serving platter. Spoon some of the bruchette over each slice and sprinkle feta on the top (or, if you’re lazy like me, mix the feta in with the brochette).

Take on a fancy picnic, or just eat it with a spoon, like me.

Kristen Mrdjanov

Last week we made cheesecake. And it was good. Tomorrow we make Pizza. And that will be good too.


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