A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I entertained two of our good friends for appetizers before heading over to one of our favourite restaurants: Vij’s (http://www.vijs.ca)
Since Vij’s is an Indian restaurant, I was planning on making something from his cookbook, to keep in line with the Indian theme of the night. But then I realized I was missing all of the spices necessary to make ANY of the recipes, and went with something a little simpler: Caprese Bruschetta
1) GO TO your local farmer’s market and pick up different coloured cherry tomatoes (I used gold and red ones) to make your treat colourful and delicious. The tomatoes at The West End Farmer’s Market (http://www.eatlocal.org/markets.html) in Vancouver are AMAZING RIGHT NOW!!!!!
2) Cut up tomatoes into quarters (or more, if larger than pictured)
3) Using PEARL Bocconcini (there are usually three kinds at the store, this is the smallest) – cut in half and toss with tomatoes so that there is an even tomato/bocconcini ratio
4) Chop a few leaves of basil for flavour, and add…topping with salt (we love Kosher sea salt)
5) Add a drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a tiny bit of Balsamic glaze
6) Place aside for up to an hour (sometimes I drain a little bit of the juices that collect at the bottom because I do not like my Bruschetta soggy)
7) Preheat the oven to broil and slice fresh baguette and brush with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
8) Using a garlic clove, rub the garlic onto the slices and place back on the baking sheet
9) Broil in the oven for 2-3 minutes on each side, just until the bread is toasted
10) Remove from oven and immediately top with Bruschetta/Caprese topping – ENJOY!
Let me know what you think!