Sharing a quick + easy appetizer for your next dinner party. A garlicky-crowd favorite 🙂
Quick story before I begin. Last year I started a small basil plant. I live for fresh herbs. Basil and Cilantro, especially. When I say "started"- I mean actually planting the seeds and starting the basil plant from scratch. I remember doing a small happy dance when the first little leaf sprouted. This plant was thriving and living its absolute best life. It was big and voluptuous. Couldn't have been more proud of any of the other 333 plants in our home.
Fast forward a couple months. I'm going about my own business, tidying up the homestead when I come across a disposable water bottle. Side note: me and water bottles have a very VERY love-hate relationship. I refuse to buy them in bulk for the house anymore. Mostly because 1) they're wasteful and #somuchplastic and 2) I hate having to pick up empty and half-empty water bottles all over the place. In the couch cushions, under the bedside tables, counter tops, bathrooms, overflowing bedroom wastebaskets, you catch my drift. However, JF still buys them at the convenient store on occasion. I do too, but it's pretty rare these days!
Anyways- I come across this water bottle that was about half full. This particular water bottle was pretty large, definitely bigger than your typical 16 or 20 oz'er. So what does any plant momma do when they see a half-empty bottle of water? Water her babies of course. I vividly remember using that water bottle to water the yucca plant next to the refrigerator and the basil plant next to the kitchen sink.
Fast forward to the next day:
JF: Hey where's that water bottle that was on the counter?
Me: I threw it away.
JF: Did you dump it down the drain???
Me: No, I used it to water a couple plants.
JF: That was vodka. Not water.
Me: *visibly raging* *Googles 'how to revive plant after alcohol poisoning'*
I ended up bathing those poor plants. Yes, you read that correctly- they got a root bath in the bathtub. I wish I had better news but they did NOT survive the incident. I haven't forgiven myself for this irresponsible behavior quite yet.
Back to the recipe!
The Perks: You hardly need any pantry items.
The Cons: You might eat your weight in bruschetta and ruin your appetite for dinner.
What you need:
1 pint grape tomatoes (or 1 - 2 large tomatoes)
1/4 medium onion, chopped (I used a white onion)
Small bunch of fresh basil
1 clove garlic
1 loaf French or Italian bread
Throw it all together but first preheat your oven to 350° F.
01 Chop the tomatoes into quarters or smaller. I prefer a bit of texture but you can certainly slice up the tomatoes to your desired size and thickness. Toss into a medium-sized bowl. Chop the onion, garlic and basil, add to the tomato bowl.
02 Grab your loaf of bread and slice into small bite-sized pieces. Drizzle (or spray) olive oil over the tops and then turn over and drizzle more. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Toss in the oven for 5ish minutes- or until just golden. The goal is to have them toasty on the top but still a bit soft on the bottom.
03 Spoon generous amounts of bruschetta onto toast. ENJOY.
Do you have any plant horror stories?