Do you have a ton of basil in your garden? 

I do. 

Every year we plant basil in the garden and every year the basil dies. 

This year I expected the same thing. 

The opposite happened. 

I have so much basil I don’t even know what to do with it.  I feel that I need to use every basil leaf in my garden because it never grows, so I’ve been putting basil in everything.  Just look how delicious this basil looks, I can’t not use it.

Bruschetta In addition to my ridiculous amount of basil, I also have a plethora of tomatoes.  I mean who doesn’t?

So I’m outside picking tomatoes, and starring at that ridiculous amount of basil and I know that I have garlic, because I never don’t have it, and I bought a fresh loaf of French bread earlier in the day.  Why not make bruschetta?

I love bruschetta.  It comes together so quickly and it’s so fresh tasting.  The worst part is dicing the tomatoes.  I hate cutting tomatoes.  You can even fool yourself into thinking that it’s a healthy snack because, I mean it’s just tomatoes.  Until you realize that you just ate half of a three foot long loaf of bread.  Happens every time.

Bruschetta is always my go to when I need to make something quick because we are having people over for dinner, or if we were invited to a friends.  Everyone loves it.  I love making it even more in the summer, because the tomatoes and basil come right from my garden.  Unless of course my basil dies.


Let’s put this together.  I start with dicing the tomatoes.  I always make sure to dice them pretty fine otherwise the tomatoes just fall off the bread. 

Toss them into a bowl and add the garlic, salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and basil.  Stir.  That’s it. 

All that’s left to do is add in the parmesan cheese.  I wait to add the cheese until right before I’m ready to serve.


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  1. 4 roma tomatoes
  2. 1/4 tsp. salt
  3. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  4. 1 1/2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  5. 1 tsp. olive oil
  6. 1/2 cup chopped basil
  7. 3 garlic cloves
  8. 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  1. 1. Finely dice the tomatoes and add them to a bowl.
  2. 2. Chop, or tear the basil and toss into the bowl with the tomatoes.
  3. 3. Mince the garlic and add it as well.
  4. 4. Add in the salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  5. 5. Mix ingredients together.
  6. 6. Add in the parmesan cheese right before serving.
  7. 7. Serve over toasted bread.
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