Yum! This is really an appetizer or a side, but I could have this for dinner and be happy. I love garden tomatoes and for the first time this year, I planted herbs! I have been loving the fresh flavors emerging from my garden.
I wish I could call this bruschetta, because that would just be cool, but since I didn’t toast this, I can’t call it that. If you want to brush with olive oil and toast your bread, call it bruschetta. It will impress your guests! 🙂
I love the crusty French bread, but to be honest, my favorite is the combination of it all together! My mouth is watering.
Here is the recipe for the French Bread:
- 1 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 Tbsp. oil
- 1 Tbsp. yeast
- 3 1/4 c. flour
- 1/2 Tbsp. salt
- Mix water, sugar, oil and yeast together until yeast starts to activate.
- Mix flour and salt together.
- Make a well in the flour and add yeast mixture.
- Combine until well mixed.
- Allow dough to rest and rise for about 1-2 hours until at least double.
- Punch down and turn onto an oiled area.
- Roll into 9x12 rectangle and roll like a jellyroll to make a long loaf of bread.
- Cut diagonal slits in top.
- Allow to rise another 30 minutes until double.
- Brush with egg mixture and sprinkle with kosher salt.
- Put a small pan filled with water in the oven and then preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Once oven is heated, put bread in and bake for 25 minutes until brown.
- This bread is best eaten fresh. If you choose to store it, the crust will soften if put into a plastic bag. Either store by covering with a towel once cooled, or in a paper bag.
Here is what you will need to assemble:
fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
fresh basil, washed and dried
salt and freshly ground pepper
Cut French bread, and layer with cheese, tomato, and basil. Pour 2 parts vinegar to one part olive oil into a small dipping bowl. You can either dip your bread in the bowl or drizzle on top and eat! Delish!
I first had this when I lived in Gold Beach, Oregon for a year. I was immediately addicted. It is one of my favorite summer appetizers.
How do you use fresh herbs?
Have you ever had bruschetta?
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