Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Taste of Summer

I found this recipe on Saturday at HEB.  It is SOOO delicious and tastes like a bite of summer.  If you can use tomatoes that are fresh from the garden that would probably be best, but if not, at least use some good vine ripened tomatoes.

1 long loaf ciabatta, sliced
1 pound tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup HEB Basting Oil (Olive oil with some herbs)
1/8 cup HEB Organic 3 Leaf Balsamic Vinegar
3 Basil leaves, sliced
Salt and Pepper to taste
Parmesan, optional

Toast your sliced ciabtta in the oven until slightly crispy. Dice your tomatoes, and toss with basting oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, salt and pepper.  Allow to sit at room temperature for at least 5 minutes. Top ciabatta toast with tomato mixture.  Top with shaved Parmesan, optional.

A couple of notes:  I added just a little extra balsamic vinegar, used sea salt instead of table salt, doubled the amount of basil, and I left out the pepper -- just personal preferences. My family enjoyed the Parmesan, but I thought it kind of dulled everything.  I like the Parmesan by itself.  ;)