Monday, September 14, 2015

Thai Basil and Tomato Bruschetta


My sister's garden is overflowing with tomatoes these days.  That makes me very happy because she is generous enough to share some of her bounty with me.   I have been enjoying these tomatoes immensely and I knew that a tomato style bruschetta was in my future.  

I bought a loaf of bread at the bakery to grill and decided that a Thai version of bruschetta was what I wanted to eat today.  This dish came together in minutes and I loved it.  I am lucky to have some fresh Thai Basil growing in my garden so this dish really was almost free for me to make.  Now that makes me even happier. 

2 large ripe but firm red tomatoes finely diced
3-4 Tbs of red onion finely diced
3-4 Tbs fresh Thai Basil leaves finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper (seeded) and finely chopped
2 Tbs fish sauce
1 tsp brown sugar 
1 Tbs fresh lime juice
black pepper to taste 
salt if needed. 
Prepare tomatoes, onion, basil and jalapeno.  Mix the brown sugar with fish sauce and lime juice until brown sugar dissolves.    Mix the sauce with tomato mixture.  Toss well and taste for seasoning.  Adjust to taste. 

Grill bread on stove top. I used a grill pan lightly brushed with some butter.  Grill until bread becomes crispy.  

To serve, just top grilled bread with a generous helping of the tomato basil topping and enjoy. 


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