July 4th Menu Includes Tomato Bruschetta…


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Happy Independence Day! I love today. I love waking up early to get to work, in the kitchen. At 8am, I practically ran to the kitchen, hitched on an apron and started boiling, cutting and marinating. Today’s menu was short but fresh and well-seasoned.

We enjoyed:

  • Tomato Bruschetta
  • Blue-cheese All-Natural Burgers with Balsamic Onions
  • Lime-marinated Colossal Shrimp
  • Lemon Cilantro Potato Salad
  • Butter Lettuce Salad (from my garden!)
  • Ginger-Chili-Thyme Smoked Pork Butt (for pulled pork sandwiches tomorrow!)

Recipes for all of these items to come shortly. For now, get a lick of my tomato bruschetta. I used two types of basil and two types of tomatoes, along with finely chopped garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Tomato Bruschetta

  • 8 plum tomatoes, chopped into small chunks
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 handful of genovese basil, cut into thick strips
  • 1 sprinkle of micro-basil
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons, lemon juice
  • 4 glugs, olive oil (about 5-6 tablespoons)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 french baguette, sliced into rounds

The tomatoes didn’t taste quite like August yet, so I let them sit with some sea salt for a couple hours to pull out the juicy sweetness. I added both basils – the micro-basil came from my backyard pots. (I can’t recall the name of the baby basil, but it’s yummy and slightly thai in aroma.) I also added the garlic, lemon, olive oil and salt and pepper. I never put the mixture into the fridge, letting it sit in a pretty white bowl on the table all morning. I prefer tomatoes at room temperature; they actually taste like tomatoes!

Here’s a view of the two types of basil:

I sliced up the baguette and drizzled a little of garlic oil on top of each slide. The broiler was set and I popped them baguette slices onto a baking sheet and put them fairly close to the flame, leaving my oven open for the few minutes it took to toast. Serve a generous scoop of bruschetta on each slice of baguette, along with your favorite white wine. What do you do with your tomatoes?

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