Monday, April 15, 2013

Roasted Garlic and Tomato Bruschetta (L'aglio e il pomodoro Arrosto Bruschetta)

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This is AMAZING... and Simple, but mostly AMAZING!  Sweet like candy...  Note, this does take planning as the tomatoes and garlic need to roast at least 2 hours before serving.

The tomatoes are slow roasted (at least 2 hours).  Slow roasting brings out the natural sugars in the tomatoes, making these candy sweet.

The Garlic is also slow roasted, then mixed with butter and sea salt.  Slow roasted garlic also turns sweet.

The bread is brushed with olive oil, toasted with a crisp crunchy outer edges and butter soft insides.

They have a delicious bright look to them with bold red tomatoes on the golden yellow and brown tasty delicious colors.

Keep scrolling down for this easy to follow recipe...

OK, Here's what I did...

Roasted Garlic and Tomato Bruschetta (L'aglio e il pomodoro Arrosto Bruschetta)

  • 2 Heads Garlic, pealed, leaving the cloves whole, Drizzled in Olive Oil
  • 2 Cups Cherry Tomatoes, cut in half, drizzled in Olive Oil
  • 1 Stick, 8 TBS Butter, softened to room temperature
  • 6 Slices Thick slice Italian Bread
  • 2 TBS Olive Oil for brushing on the bread
Cooking Directions
  1. First you need to roast the garlic and tomatoes...
  2. put a sheet of parchment paper on a jelly roll cookie sheet.
  3. Add the tomatoes and the garlic pieces, drizzled in olive oil to lightly coat.
  4. Set the oven at only 225 degrees. Slow roast the garlic/tomatoes for 2 to 3 hours until the tomatoes are shriveled and a little dried.
  5. When ready, sort out the garlic. Mince and mix with the stick of butter.
  6. Use a large heavy skillet (I used my cast iron), paint the bread with olive oil to toast, set the skillet over medium high heat and add a coating of Olive Oil in the pan.
  7. Toast both sides of the bread
  8. Spread a little of the garlic butter, top with tomatoes and ...
  9. Serve warm and ENJOY!

All I can say is Oh My... Such sweet, savory blends of tastes, the explosion of tomato, with a mix of textures from the squishy tomatoes to the crispy and soft textures in the bread.  Combined with the impact of the colors, a near perfect appetizer.  This is what I served on my Easter Sunday meal as guests arrived.  Universally... LOVED!!!

These are a perfect Antipasto dish.  Portable, easily eaten in only a few bites.  Perfect to be served on a deck or patio to set the tone for a meal.  Fresh ingredients are the star of the dish.  Grab a glass of Vino (wine) and meet your guests and allow the stress of the day to fade away as you get set for your meal.

Antipasto, it's not as much a course as an attitude adjustment for the meal to come.


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