One of the many wonderful things about ChuckieT is that he likes to cook. It works out very well, because I love having someone cook for me just as much as I love to cook myself. And this is the perfect time of year to experiment in the kitchen, because there are so many wonderful, fresh ingredients to play with. The fresher the ingredients, of course, the less you have to do with them. In fact, the less you should do with them. Just stand back and let them shine on their own. And that's exactly what ChuckieT did this weekend with our heirloom tomatoes, fresh from the garden. [ETA: Mea culpa, mea culpa. Our tomatoes are German Stripes, not Green Stripes. Oops!] He was gracious enough to share his recipe with me, and allow me to share it with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! (Sorry there aren't any pictures - we were too hungry.)
- 2 medium heirloom tomatoes (he used Green German Stripes from our garden), chopped to 1/2 inch, de-seeded and drained
- 1/3 orange bell pepper, chopped to 1/2 inch
- 1/2 small cucumber (to equal 1/2 to 1/3 the amount of tomatoes) de-seeded and chopped to 1/2 inch
- 1 teaspoon or so of fresh medium hot pepper (NOT habanero) with NO seeds and minimal ribs(the white stuff where the heat is)
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of fresh mint, minced
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon of dried tarragon
- Touch of garlic powder
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- Whole wheat sour dough bread (or whatever you prefer), sliced
- Extra virgin olive oil (the best quality you can afford)
- Soft goat cheese (the best quality you can afford)
Mix topping ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
Brush slices of bread thoroughly with olive oil . Grill until crisp on both sides. Spread with soft goat cheese and top with tomato mixture. Serve and eat immediately. Wipe large, contented smile off face (optional).
Thank you, ChuckieT!
* We originally called it Heirloom Crostini, but then I got to wondering about the difference between bruschetta and crostini, and so I looked it up. Turns out, crostini are little toasts (usually baguette sized) which are most often baked and then topped with various things, while bruschetta is the toast itself, usually from a larger loaf, and brushed with oil and/or garlic and toasted and/or grilled. So technically, what ChuckieT made was bruschetta with toppings. Or you could just call it delicious and stop there.