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BMT Bruschetta: A Match Made in Heaven

That’s right, BMT.

Not BLT. Because there ain’t no bacon or lettuce on this bruschetta.

Instead, we’re going vegetarian with a delicious trifecta that is the cornerstone of what we understand as Italian cuisine.

Can you guess what I’m talking about?

Basil.

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looks like... a feather.

Mozzarella.

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And tomato.

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A trio of ingredients that complement each other so well, that if you have all 3 ingredients on hand, it’s almost a crime NOT to put them together.

And you don’t want to be a crime-committer, do you?

Nah, of course you don’t.

So we start with this:

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Tomatoes and mozzarella that I picked up at the farmers’ market a few days ago, basil grown in my backyard, and a slice of whole wheat bread.

First things first: we toast ze bread.

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Why toast, you ask? Well, it serves 2 purposes: we’re going to be putting a lot of moisture-heavy ingredients on this bread, and a slice of toasted bread won’t get as soggy as an untoasted slice. Also, toasted = crispiness! You know I’m a texture junkie; with all the soft ingredients on there, I need something crunchy to contrast them.

While the bread was still warm from the oven, I placed a few slices of mozzarella on top. arranging it carefully to get as much cheeseage as possible.

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There! That looks pretty good.

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Next came 2 beautiful slices of ruby-red tomatoes.

And then a chiffonade of basil.

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Chiffonade is just a fancy term for thin ribbons. Cut away with a pair of kitchen scissors if you desire. ‘Cuz I won’t lie, it’s pretty hard to cut basil without bruising them.

Then a drizzle of good olive oil:

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And a sprinkle of sea salt, just for seasoning.

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And that’s it.

We’re done.

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Mild and creamy. Juicy and acidic. Fragrant and herbaceous. Foiling and complementing each other at the same time on a wholesomely crunchy base.

And so, so, so simple.

But why mess with something when it’s already perfect?

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One thought on “BMT Bruschetta: A Match Made in Heaven

  1. a mini caprese sandwich :) can’t wait till we do our next food tour!

    Posted by Euna | June 11, 2011, 1:37 pm

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