Though my intention in making these mini bruschetta was to provide a healthy and appealing snack for kids, they aren't the only ones who'll enjoy these tasty treats! My husband Lulu, who at times acts like a kid himself, greatly appreciated them too. But really, who could resist garlic-rubbed toasted bread topped with a mixture of chopped ripe tomatoes, fresh garlic, fresh basil, black pepper and extra-virgin olive oil? All you really need are fresh, quality ingredients and little helpers to assemble them!
This is another recipe that I prepared with Lilea from California Lavash a while back. If you'd like to try some delicious bread from California Lavash, Pham Fatale will be hosting a giveaway soon. Stay tuned!
Servings: 8 servings
1 sheet 1-day-old pizza lavash bread
, cut into ½-inch slices
4 large heirloom tomatoes, cored and finely chopped
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly cracked
2 cloves garlic, peeled
½ teaspoons red chili flakes
½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
4 tablespoons sweet basil, chopped
For the bread:
Preheat the oven to 300°F.
In a mortar and pestle, combine the garlic, coarse sea salt and red chili flakes. Grind until it turns into a coarse paste.
Line a baking pan with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
Place the pieces of lavash bread. Brush with the garlic mixture, removing as many solids as possible. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 8 minutes until the bread hardens.
For the tomatoes: In a mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes, the remaining garlic mixture, black pepper, 2 tablespoons olive oil and vinegar. Mix well. Adjust seasoning. You could add a pinch of sugar id the tomatoes aren't very flavorful.
Assembly time: Let the bread cool, then cover each piece of bread with the tomato mixture. Cover with freshly chopped basil. Drizzle with more olive oil.
Serve at room temperature.
For more crunch, you could also garnish the crostini with slivered almonds.
I used California pizza lavash bread; it's also known as lahvash or cracker bread. It's a huge time saver for making quick and easy meals. It's available at Raley's, Nob Hill and Bel Air stores throughout Northern California. You could also replace it with left-over baguette.
You could also add diced fresh mozzarella to the tomato mixture.