There is a neighborhood Italian Bistro here within walking distance of my home. The owner is from Italy so the food authentic and delish. His soups are to die for, but what I crave the most when I go is his Bruschetta. I have had many types of bruschetta, but his is so simple and fresh! There are no chunks of garlic, so he must use garlic salt or powder, and he finishes it off with freshly ground pepper. I decided to try and replicate what he does, since paying almost 7 dollars for tomatoes on toasted bread seems like a bit much these days! I tried, and nailed it!
The key is good ingredients, especially the tomatoes. His out-shined mine in the bread area, but I used what I had and paired with a green salad it made a delightful lunch.
Tomatoes On Toast
1 cup chopped tomatoes
11/2 tbs. olive oil
1/2 tbs. balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
a couple small leaves of basil, chopped (optional)
sprinkle of freshly ground pepper
sprinkle of salt, if needed
Combine the tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic salt.
Let sit for a few minutes.
Scoop with a slotted spoon onto toasted bread.
Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.