On our last evening in Paris, we splurged and ate “real” food. We skipped the McDonald’s dollar (Euro) menu and ate real delicious French food! Not only is French food delicious, it is also expensive. After a week of shopping at grocery stores for our meals I was so excited to experience French food. We went to a cute little pizza shop in the area of Notre Dame. This was my favorite area of town because the streets are narrow and beautiful, people walk everywhere, there are cafés open to the street, and it was everything I dreamed of. We ordered the best pizza I have ever had, and with it came delicious bruschetta. It was heaven. I have put my own twist on this simple delight.
Yield: 8 slices
Time: 15 min
- 1 baguette, 8 slices ½” thick
- 1 T olive oil
- 1-2 fresh garlic cloves
- 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
- 1-2 tomatoes
- mozzarella cheese
- Step 1
Preheat oven to a broil. Slice bread into ½” slices. Place on a cookie sheet and lightly toast the bread just until dry, not brown. Remove from oven. Using a pastry brush lightly spread olive oil over toasted bread.
- Step 2
Cut garlic cloves in half. Rub the cut-fresh side of the garlic over the bread, as if you were buttering the bread. Discard extra garlic.
- Step 3
Wash and dry fresh basil leaves. Tare basil into bite-size pieces and place on garlic-oiled bread. If you love basil, go ahead and put a lot on. I did about 1 medium leaf per slice.
- Step 4
Wash and dry tomatoes. Slice into 1/8”-1/4”slices. Then cut those in half, forming a half circle. Layer the tomatoes over the basil. I used about 3 half slices per piece. Sprinkle the top with mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired.
- Step 5
Place bruschetta in the oven. Allow to broil just until cheese is melted. Serve warm and enjoy!
Here’s a shot of the street I was talking about.