Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper 3

A firm favorite, Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper 3 is a superb recipe in the Bruschetta section. Difference between crostini and Bruschetta? With ingredients like peppers / black, not much!

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Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper 3 Ingredients

Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper 3
  • 1/2 pound ripe tomatoes, at room temperature (3 to 4 medium)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • six 1/2-inch thick slices italian or french bread
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
  • Method

  • Use the best tomatoes you can find. During the summer, we are inundated with sweet, plump tomatoes. In other months though, you might need to look a little harder. When we’re in the mood for tomato bruschetta outside of summer, we do have one go-to — Look for Kumato tomatoes, we’ve found them to be pretty sweet and consistent all year round. They are darker, almost brown and usually come in a plastic-wrapped package. You might also get lucky with smaller, vine-ripened tomatoes.
  • Use room temperature tomatoes. It’s essential that you don’t refrigerate the tomatoes
  • Season the tomatoes. Before doing anything else, chop the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.
  • Halve tomatoes then remove and discard the majority of the seeds. Chop tomatoes into 1/4-inch chunks then add to a medium bowl with a generous pinch of salt, a small pinch of black pepper, one tablespoon of the olive oil and the basil. Stir and let sit 10 minutes.
  • Heat thegrill pan to medium heat. Drizzle bread slices with the remaining tablespoon of oil and grill 2 to 3 minutes on each side until warmed through and grill marks appear.
  • The moment the bread comes off the grill, give it a quick rub with a peeled garlic clove.
  • Stir the tomatoes one more time; taste then adjust with more salt or pepper as needed. Spoon a generous amount onto each bread slice. Drizzle a little of the juice remaining at the bottom of the bowl over tomatoes and enjoy.
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