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Friday, July 20, 2012

Brushetta: Foodie Friday


brushetta
Brushetta


I got some super ripe and aromatic tomatoes from a farm stand along with some euphoric smelling basil, these two ingredients screamed to me: brushetta. Don't feel locked in to this selection of vegetables, use this marinade with what ever is fresh and ripe from your garden. Make sure you toast your bread so you can sop up the juices that form when you mix these ingredients together. You are not going to want to miss a bite of this classic Mediterranean concoction. Add some cheese, goat cheese goes especially well, or even some cannoli beans, or tuna...will make this a complete meal. 

Brushetta
by Diane Balch

prep time: 10 minutes                                             as an appetizer serves: 4- 6


Ingredients:

Marinade:
2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon of anchovy paste (No it will not make the dish fishy tasting, trust me.)
1/4 teaspoon of salt (Fancy salt is best, like fleur de sol, etc.)
1/4 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper


6 small ripe tomatoes chopped
1/4 cup of fresh chopped basil
1/4 cup of oil cured black olives 

Directions:

1) Whisk marinade ingredients together.

2) Pour marinade over vegetables and mix. Let sit for up to a half hour before serving in order to allow flavors to blend.

3) Serve over toasted bread or crackers with or without cheese and beans or tuna.


Hosted by
Home Maid Simple
and
Simple Living with Diane Balch

Celebrating Summer Vegetables
is what came to mind when I was choosing my recipe the features for this week. Summer vegetables are peaking and the recipes below are very much about focusing on fresh local and unique foods. Summer is definitely the time for simple recipes that just enhance the naturally ripe flavors of fresh foods. 

Spotlight from Last Week's Party:

From: Hezzi - D's Books and Cooks


Take your freshest vegetables cook lightly and add cheese: simple & delicious.


From: Taste Buds, Two Buds Tasting


Haydn & Kristy are involved in an international local food swap. This recipe shows how to use a unique ingredient to make a simply tasty meal.


From: The Kitchen is my Playground


Who needs a fancy cake in the summer these peaches are the perfect treat.




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35 comments:

  1. Hi! Your bruschetta looks delicious! I will definitely be trying it! Thanks for hosting!!

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  2. HI,
    I shared my Grilled Tuna as well as an article about Baby’s First Foods and the problem with the conventional approach.

    Check out my featured homestead this week: Shalom Farms!

    Get more traffic to your blog – get featured!

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    Thanks for hosting!

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  3. Delicious & easy bruschetta, a perfect meal for summer. Thank you for hosting!

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  4. I do love bruschetta, and yours looks and sounds so delicious. I like the addition of the anchovy paste - it would add fantastic flavour. Thank you for hosting the linky.

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    1. You'll be surprised that the anchovy paste only enhances flavor it doesn't add fishiness.

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  5. Good Morning Diane,
    I just love Brushetta and your recipe looks awesome. Of course I loved your comment about the Chicken, you are so sweet to toast. Hope you have a fabulous week end and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

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    1. You are very welcome I'm looking forward to making your chicken again very soon.

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  6. Good Morning! We have had almost a month of 100 degree temps. I have been experimenting with tasty, low calorie beverages-and today, I'm sharing my Fresh Lime Gritzer (# 28 ). Have a good morning and thanks for hosting the party again!
    Rebekah-www.potholesandpantyhose.com

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    1. It's been hot in NY but not that hot. Our heat just broke, hope your's does soon. Thanks for sharing your drink.

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  7. Thank you for featuring my recipe this week! I absolutely love Brushetta so I'll have to give your recipe a try!

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  8. I'm enjoying all of the wonderful ideas for this Friday. I shared a garden fresh recipe for spinach basil pesto that can be used an an appetizer or over pasta.

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  9. Thanks so much for hosting! Have a great weekend!

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  10. Hi Diane! Your bruschetta looks so delicious! I love the black olives. Thank you for hosting Foodie Friday. Have a terrific weekend!

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  11. Holy cow! Thanks for featuring my bacon bourbon'd tacos Diane! I'm honoured to be lined up there with so many other amazing posts :) thank you!

    This week I’ve shared a traditional Argentinean recipe for pickled fennel with orange. There are many reasons for preserving food – one of which just may be a zombie apocalypse. maybe.

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  12. Great summery features. The tomatoes for the bruschetta are lovely. Thank you for hosting!

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  13. thanks so much for the party - I'm making bruschetta for a shower tomorrow - I think I'll try your recipe (never used anchovies before)

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    1. I learned about the anchovy trick years ago when I had a bruschetta that was unusually outstanding and I couldn't figure out what made it so good. I asked the host and she told me about putting anchovy paste in it. It goes on the concept of glutamate cooking. I don't know if you saw this post of mine: http://simplelivingdianebalch.blogspot.com/2012/03/height-of-flavor-glutamate-cooking.html

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  14. I'm sharing my Chicken tacos with gluten free tortillas, and my Salmon Salad Spread (great for sandwiches!) Thanks for hosting and have a great weeked!
    http://easynaturalfood.com/2012/07/14/salmon-salad-spread/
    http://easynaturalfood.com/2012/07/18/chicken-tacos-gluten-free/

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  15. thanks for hosting! this week, i shared my Spicy Pepper Pie! It’s Gluten Free, Vegan, Body Ecology Diet friendly, and Specific Carbohydrate Diet friendly (SCD!)

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  16. thanks for following Carole's Chatter. I am now following you too. I will link something up - just need to figure out what...
    Have a great week.

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  17. Thanks for the invite and for following! I am your newest follower as well! I linked up my quinoa salad. I hope you have a great weekend!

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  18. It's Friday already? I shared a collection of ideas that are grilled, slow-cooked and uncooked for when it is just too hot for the stove. Thank you for hosting!

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  19. Love all the recipes! Hope you're having a great day.

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  20. tomatoes, basil and olive oil....best combo around! (that doesn't involve chocolate, of course!)

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  21. Yummy! I love Bruschetta!! This is making my mouth water.

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  22. Great bruchetta! Love the vibrant colours and the combination of flavours!

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  23. Your bruschetta looks so good. Thanks for linking to Must Try Monday.

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  24. Hi Diane,
    Your Bruchetta looks so good, we would really love it! Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  25. They served us Bruchetta every night when we were in Rome. Love the recipe! thanks for sharing on Southern Sundays.

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  26. I love love love bruschetta. Thanks for linking to Foodtastic Friday!!

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  27. Bruschetta is a classic, simple, purely delicious flavors -- especially during the summer when tomatoes and basil are in season. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

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