I have had to get creative with all my tomatoes this year (my tomato plants basically took over my entire garden) and have been eating tomatoes with every single meal (it’s a good thing that I love tomato sandwiches – tomatoes, mayo, homemade bread . . . it doesn’t get any better than that!).
I made our Baked Bruschetta Chicken and fell in love with bruschetta. I used that same recipe to put on top of baguette bread and served it as an appetizer at a bridal shower and it was a big hit! This would be the perfect appetizer or side dish for any party, get-together, or even lunch for yourself. Let’s be honest- I just eat it straight out of the bowl with a spoon.
3 cups tomatoes, diced (I used a mix of roma and cherry tomatoes because that's what I had on hand)
2 teaspoons minced garlic (I just use the kind in the jar)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, finely chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves, but fresh adds a lot more flavor)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
1 loaf baguette bread
In a large bowl, mix together tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, basil, and balsamic vinegar. Add salt and pepper as needed. Cover bowl, place in the fridge, and let the flavor meld together for 15-30 minutes (up to 3-4 hours - it tastes even better the longer it sits!).
Cut baguette bread into 1/2" - 3/4" slices. Top with a scoop of tomato mixture and serve.