One of my absolute favorite easy meals (snack, appetizer, side dish) is bruschetta. Pronounced bru-skeh-tah. It's easy to throw together and flavorful with a bit of sweet from the tomatoes and tart from the balsamic vinegar, and a kick from raw garlic. The crunch of the bread paired with the tender tomatoes is like Heaven in your mouth. And don't you love how colorful this is? Eating colorful food always makes me feel better ;)
1 French baguette
5-6 roma tomatoes
1 package yellow cherry tomatoes
1 garlic clove
About 10 leaves of basil
Salt and pepper
Slice baguette in half then lengthwise with a serrated knife. Place on a grilling pan (or an outside grill if you have one!) until they show grill marks. Do this on both sides.
Drizzle a good quality olive oil on the bread. Good olive oil is usually produced in Italy and will have a green tint to it. While the bread is grilling, chop roma tomatoes in four slices and toss in a bowl. Grab a handful of the yellow cherry tomatoes and cut in half, throwing them into the bowl as well. Mince garlic and add to the bowl along with enough olive oil to coat everything. Season generously with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to allow all the flavors to come together.
Chiffonade some basil leaves...
Stack. Roll. Chop.
...to sprinkle over the bruschetta and top with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
Serve immediately and enjoy.