February 21, 2011

Bruschetta with Balsamic Bacon Tomato Spread


Bruschetta (broo-sket-uh)
-Noun
An Italian appetizer consisting of toasted bread slices drizzled with olive oil and usually topped with tomatoes and basil.

That's it.  That's all this is.  Bread, Oil, Tomatoes and Basil.  Unless you add Balsamic Vinegar.  Or left-over bacon.  Or really anything you can think of that goes on buttery, crunchy bread.  The possibilities are endless, and each is just as delicious as the last. 



Some people crave sugar, some salt, I crave garlic.  So I when I was craving garlic, like I usually am, I used some yummy bread, some butter, a little tomato, and a lot of garlic and whipped up a classic Italian snack.

First, I toasted some bread.



Then, I removed the bread and added some tomatoes, some left-over chopped up bacon, garlic, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.  I let these cook down so that the Balsamic had reduced and turned the tomatoes and garlic into a sauce.  Looking back, I would have added the bacon on top of the sauce, but it was delicious nonetheless.  So very delicious.



Then, I added the tomato, garlic, Balsamic sauce to the crunchy, buttery bread and topped with some torn basil.


Eating this as a quick snack, serving it as an appetizer, or a yummy lunch, bruschetta is versatile, savory, and really beautiful.

And the best part is?  You can't mess it up.  Unless you burn the bread.  If you don't burn the bread, you can put anything on it and it's perfect.  Just, perfect. 

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