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Grape Tomato Italian Bruschetta

Bruschetta are delicious starters, they appeal to most palates and are so easy to prepare. A key ingredient is a tasty tomato, but where to get a tomato that is tasty in the middle or winter? It’s not that there are dozens of farmers markets with luscious fruits on display. Market tomatoes are , well, forcefully ripened, mushy and bland in flavor. The solution a miniature gem that grows year-round in hothouses :the grape tomato! If you never had one they are sweet, have the taste of a a full size summer tomato and are simply delightful to serve! Up until now they were reserved to prepare salads, but when duty calls this mighty fruit can live up to the most demanding fresh tomato recipes, like this bruschetta. Enjoy!

2 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/4 cup black pitted olives, sliced
1/3 cup green olives, sliced
1 small clove garlic, peeled and minced
1/3 sweet onion, finely minced
1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine tomatoes, onion and garlic in bowl and mix gently. Let sit for a minute , then add the olives, the oil, vinegar and salt pepper to taste. Let stand at room temperature about 30 minutes. Serve over grilled sliced Italian or French bread sliced 3/4 inches thick. If you are on  a gluten-free diet, serve on rice crackers instead.

Pan Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

The world is a great place , there is always fresh produce available year round!  So if it hot or if it’s snowing, cherry and grape tomatoes are available and at their peak.  Have you ever enjoyed them quick roasted?

The deep sweetness makes them great side dish for meats, a quick pasta or rice topper, and they certainly go divinely on top of toasted Italian or French bread.

 

Ingredients: (for 4 servings)

1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
3 Tbls Olive oil
1/2 cup chopped yellow or green pepper
2 garlic cloves, chopped
fresh or dried oregano, to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a 4 heavy salute pan, add the garlic and the chopped peppers, let cook for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and let cook over high heat for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally. Sprinkle the oregano, salt and pepper to taste. Serve as a side dish or as a toping for focaccia or any other bread.