Bruschetta with Grilled Tomatoes
Grilling is a great way to improve the depth of flavor in tomatoes
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Grilled tomatoes sit atop crunchy bread in this easy app. Grilling is a great way to improve the depth of flavor in tomatoes that are less than perfectly ripe — cooking concentrates their sunny sweetness and adds a hint of smokiness, mellowing their acidity. Slices of creamy mozzarella and sliced basil are a classic combination, no matter what season.
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Grilled Tomato Bruschetta
- 6 small tomatoes
- 4 garlic cloves, divided
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided,
- 1 tsp. vegetable oil
- 6 (½-inch-thick) slices French bread
- 1 (6-oz.) ball fresh mozzarella, drained and cut into 12 slices
- 10 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Slice each tomato into 3 (1/2-inch-thick) slices. Mince 2 garlic cloves. In a small bowl, combine minced garlic and thyme; set aside. Drizzle both sides of tomato slices with 1 total tablespoon olive oil.
- Preheat grill to medium, or preheat grill topper or cast-iron skillet over medium.
- Rub grill grate, grill topper, or skillet with vegetable oil. Place tomatoes on grill, and cook until tomatoes are lightly caramelized and starting to soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn tomatoes over, sprinkle with garlic-thyme mixture, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Grill until tomatoes are softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove to a plate, and set aside.
- Drizzle both sides of each bread slice with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Grill until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Rub remaining 2 garlic cloves over one side of each piece of grilled bread.
- Place bread on a plate, garlic-rubbed side up. Divide tomatoes among bread slices, and top with sliced mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper, then scatter with basil, and drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Serve immediately.
- Calories 340
- Carbohydrate Content 36 g
- Cholesterol Content 22 mg
- Fat Content 16 g
- Fiber Content 2 g
- Protein Content 13 g
- Saturated Fat Content 5 g
- Sodium Content 393 mg
- Sugar Content 3 g