Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Yellow cherry tomato bruschetta

I have been gone for a long time now.. Was caught up with other things in life.. Visited California and explored food to the fullest.. I ate so much that my stomach was about to blow up and when I left LA my jeans wouldn't fit me! 
So back to normal life and back to blogging.. Today's recipe is one among the Valentines day special - No cheese Italian. I made this recipe on Valentines day for my husband. The theme was Italian with absolutely no cheese.
This recipe is so easy to prepare, colorful to look at and yummy to taste. I used yellow cherry tomato for this recipe. The recipe has very few ingredients to use and I consider it a Semi-homemade recipe bcos all we have to do is prep the ingredients and ready to munch on it.

I am using fresh  bread and drying it out in the oven to make it crispy or you can buy dried out bread / rusk from the store. I am using wheat bread in this recipe since I ran out of white bread, I recommend using white bread for this recipe. You can do this recipe with all the ingredients you have at home.I threw this surprise valentine dinner with only all the things I had at home, no special shopping of any kind.

Yellow cherry tomato bruschetta Serves 2- 3

White bread / rusk / dried out bread slices - 4
Yellow cherry tomato,chopped - 1 cup
Red onion  chopped finely - little less than 1/4 cup 
Coriander, chopped with stems - 3 tbs
Dried oregano - 1/2 tbs
Dried basil - 1/2 tbs
Garlic powder - 1/4 tbs
Pepper powder - 1/4 tbs
Chilly flakes - 1/4 tbs
Olive oil - 1 to 1/5  tbs
Salt to taste

Preparing the bread:
Preheat the oven to 350 F
If you are using fresh bread cut it into equal rectangles, you might get 3 slices if your bread is large or just cut it into equal halves.
You can either take of the crust or choose to keep it. It depends entirely on you.
Place the bread slices on a sheet tray, 1 inch apart.
Put it in the oven for 4 minutes, take out turn the slices and put it in the oven for again  3-4 minutes.
Check the slices after 3 minutes, if they start to change color remove them, if not leave it in the oven for 1 more minute.
Note: We want to dry the bread out, so it becomes crispy but don't want the bread to change color
You can skip this step by buying dried bread slices from store.

Cut the cherry tomatoes in to halves or into quarters, add them to a bowl.
Add the other ingredients to the bowl  excluding oil and mix them together until combined.
Add the olive oil and toss them together.
Let it sit for half an hour.
Place 2 tbs of the marinated tomatoes on top of the crispy bread and serve.

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