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17th February
2011
written by Nibblish

This is such a simple and classic dish, perfect as an Italian appetiser, brunch or as a snack. The trick is to rub the hot bread with a raw clove of garlic and then brush it with olive oil for an amazing flavour…It’s bold, fresh and delicious!

Ingredients (serves 4 people as a starter)

1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 small bunch of basil, chopped
300g vine ripened tomatoes, diced
olive oil
white wine vinegar
Sea salt flakes and freshly ground pepper
garlic cloves, peeled & cut in half
4 thick slices round rustic bread, cut in half

Instructions

1. Preheat grill on high heat. Mix chopped tomatoes, onion and basil into a bowl and season with salt flakes, freshly ground pepper, olive oil and white wine vinegar. Toss well.

2. Toast both sides of bread slices. Rub each slice with a garlic clove while hot and brush it with a bit of olive oil.

3. Spoon tomatoes onto bread and serve immediately!

The secret for this dish to be a hit is to use the freshest ingredients you can find and keep it simple and bold. The only extra add on would be to shred a few pieces of creamy buffalo mozzarella and place it on top! You can also swap the white wine vinegar for a good quality balsamic vinegar.

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