August 2, 2012

Tailgate Recipes: Bruschetta

Bruschetta is definitely not your typical tailgate food, but I think we should change that. And here's why....

1. It's healthy
2. It's easy to make
3. It can, and should, be made ahead of time
4. It tastes better over time
5. It will most certainly "elevate your tailgate"

My favorite bruschetta recipe adds mozzarella, which I think is a great addition to the basil, tomatoes and garlic.

10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
6 ripe roma tomatoes, seeded
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
8 mini mozzarella balls, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive, plus extra for brushing bread
Salt and pepper, to taste
Cut the tomatoes into 1/2-inch dices, and the mozzarella  into 1/4-inch cubes. Place the tomatoes and mozzarella in a bowl, and mix in the finely minced garlic, dried oregano, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Mix well, and then adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to your liking. Lastly, toss in the chopped basil and incorporate into the tomato mixture. 
For tailgating, I leave the tomato mixture in a bowl and place slices of french bread on a plate separately, so people can make the bruschetta themselves. I do this because the bread tends to get soggy if I leave the toppings on the bread for too long.

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