Wednesday, February 6, 2013

change your life bruschetta

i've been really good at making friends lately.
my nights have been filling quickly with coffee dates, happy hours, and new friends.

i love getting to know people.
there is something fun about learning them...
their hopes, their dreams, their fears, their personality quirks.

and don't you love that we're all so different???! 

PTL not everyone is exactly like me.
the world would be a horrible place!!! :)

in other news. this bruschetta changed my life.
i had it at a dinner party a couple of weekends ago,
and had to recreate it myself the following week because 
i could not stop thinking about how amazing it was. 
thank you pioneer woman!

recipe via the pioneer woman

1 tablespoons olive oil
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 pint red grape tomatoes, halved 
1 pint yellow grape tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
16 whole basil leaves, roughly chopped
salt & pepper
1 baguette
8 tablespoons butter


1. in a small skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
add garlic and stir, lightly frying for about a minute, 
removing garlic before it gets too brown.
pour into a mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly.

2. add tomatoes, balsamic, basil, salt & pepper.
toss to combine, then taste and add more basil, salt and pepper if needed.
cover and refrigerate for an hour or two (if you have time).

3. cut baguette into diagonal slices 
to allow for the most surface area possible.
melt half the butter in a large skillet and grill half the bread 
on both sides, making sure they are nice and buttery.
cook until golden brown on each side.
repeat with other half of butter and other half of bread.

(you can also brush your bread slices with butter or olive oil for a 
healthier version and broil them in the oven until just toasted and golden.)

4. to serve, give tomato mixture a final stir, 
and spoon generous portions over the bread.

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