One of my favorite things about summer is that the grad school world tends to loosen it’s belt a little bit. Sure, we still work everyday, but the absence of class and post-semester tension release brings time for fun summer sports, trips to the terrace, and my favorite- barbeques!
But being completely honest, while I love the lazy summer afternoon barbeques, I often procrastinate in the hours before barbeques and am stuck with the age old question: what can I bring to the grill out that I can make last minute? I loathe just going out to the store and buying something, because it is so much more fun when it is homemade! But when time is of the essence, I am torn. Anyone else run into this?
Well this summer, I gotcha covered and there will be no need to run to the store for that last minute chips and salsa! Bruschetta is a super quick, tasty appetizer that is perfectly light for summer get togethers. It takes less than 15 minutes to throw together and you can make as much as you want for a group or keep it simple for yourself. Most of the ingredients (tomatoes, onions, and basil) can be found at your local farmer’s market for pretty cheap too! Here’s how it goes:
Bruschetta Ingredients (for one):
1 roma tomato chopped
1 slice white onion (~2 tbsp) chopped
2 leaves fresh basil, chopped
1 small clove of garlic, minced
dash of oregano
1-2 large slice Italian bread cut in half
Bruschetta Ingredients (for a party):
7 roma tomatoes, chopped.
1 medium white onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped basil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. oregano
9-10 slices Italian bread, cut in half.
Directions (for all):
Slice Italian bread and place on a baking sheet. Using the broiler setting on your oven, broil until top side is golden brown and flip to broil the other side. This should take about 4-5 minutes for the first side (once oven has heated) and about 3 minutes for the second side. WATCH CLOSELY AND OFTEN as different ovens heat differently!
Chop all other ingredients and mix well with spices in a large mixing bowl. Refrigerate if serving later. When ready to serve, scoop the mixture onto bread, and enjoy!
Makes 18-20 pieces/servings of bruschetta.
I want to hear from you! What are some of your favorite go-to dishes for summer barbeques?