This fresh tomato and basil bruschetta is a common dish around our house as it is so easy and so delicious. It is especially popular when fresh tomatoes and basil are coming out of the garden. Nothing matches the simple flavors of this simple dish.
- To begin with, combine the chopped tomatoes, basil, garlic, and salt in a small bowl and lightly toss them together using a fork. Set them aside for the time being.
- Set the oven to the broil setting.
- Place the bread slices in a single layer on a large baking sheet coated with a small amount of cooking spray. Using a basting brush, brush a small amount of the olive oil on the top of each slice of bread. Place the bread in the oven and broil for about 1 minute, or just until the bread becomes lightly toasted.
- Remove the bread from the oven, and spoon about 2 tablespoons of the tomato mixture on each slice. Top each with a couple of shaves of the mozzarella cheese. Return the bread to the oven and broil the bruschetta for another 30 seconds. Watch the bruschetta carefully during this time to make sure it does not burn. Remove the bruschetta when the cheese becomes melted, and the edges of the bread are lightly browned and toasted.
- Remove the bruschetta to a plate or a wire rack to cool just for a few minutes, and then serve them up immediately.
You can choose to serve it as an appetizer before a delicious Italian meal, or it can even be served with a large green salad for a light dinner or lunch. Try it as a scrumptious afternoon snack if you want to go crazy. You can't go wrong by eating a few extra vegetables. Plus, by using a part-skim mozzarella cheese and thinly sliced bread you are getting some great protein to hold you over until dinner without overdoing it on the carbs.
Be sure to choose a nice, crusty bread so that you do not end up with soggy bruschetta. We sometimes will even set the sliced bread out for an hour or so before preparing the bruschetta to help it dry out and become a great base for the tomatoes and cheese.
Do watch it very carefully as it cooks to avoid any burning.
Per Serving Calories 68