If you are a garlic lover, then this recipe is for you! Fresh, simple, and fully of garlicky goodness :).
I decided I wanted to make bruschetta after my friend sent us a cheese starter basket complete with fig and walnut spread, shortbread, gingersnap cookies, cheese crackers, and a couple other little goodies. I couldn’t wait to dig in, but wanted to add something of substance to the meal instead of just cheese. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve definitely eaten just a cheese plate for dinner, but sometimes you just need a little bit more.
When I made the garlic oil for grilling the bread, I didn’t want to just throw the pieces of garlic away, so I thought it would be a good idea to add them right into the tomatoes. Did it work? Oh yeah. So. Much. Garlic….and I loved it!
What’s great about making bruschetta for dinner is that is comes together in no time! Then you can just pair it with a bunch of cheeses and you have a meal that’s satisfying and makes you feel oh so fancy — at least for me.
Crispy Garlic Bruschetta
1/2 cup good olive oil
3 garlic cloves – thinly sliced
2 cups cherry tomatoes – quartered
Small bunch of basil leaves – chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Choice of bread — I used sourdough
Sliced Mozzarella cheese (optional)
1. Start by making the garlic oil. In a small saucepan, heat the oil on med-low heat. Add the sliced garlic cloves. They will begin to bubble. Watch carefully, they only need to be in the oil for about 5-7 minutes. Once the garlic is golden brown, remove from the oil and place on a paper towel.
2. Slice bread to desired thickness and brush each side with the garlic oil. Place bread on a heated pan to toast each side. Once it is toasted, removed from heat and add a slice of cheese to the top. Set aside. Repeat with all slices of bread.
3. If there is any garlic oil left, drizzle over the tomatoes. If not, add about 1-2 tablespoons of regular olive oil to the tomatoes as well as the salt, pepper, and the chopped basil. Mix well and place on top of each piece of bread. Take the crispy garlic and add a couple of pieces to each slice as well.