BRUSCHETTA AL POMODORO
By Aoife Whelan – This one may seem a little summery but I promise you, it is so so good that it can be eaten anytime in the year! During spring/summer I would serve this as a side, starter or with a salad. During autumn/winter I would serve it with soup, pasta dishes or as an accompaniment to eggs for breakfast. It is sooooo quick and simple, it takes less then 10 minutes from start to finish and is a winner with any garlic lover….. except maybe vampires or anyone that might want to kiss you! ?
So what goodness can we get from this lovely little number? Well its Gluten free (Provided you use gluten free bread) Dairy free, vegan and obviously refined sugar free. Also as there are lots of tomatoes your getting loads of antioxidant benefits. Tomatoes provide an excellent amount of vitamin C and beta-carotene, a very good amount of the mineral manganese, and a good amount of vitamin E. Wohoooo lets get it on! ?
2 Slices Of Rye Sourdough Bread Or Gluten Free Bread
1 Clove Of Garlic (Peeled)
1½ Cups Heirloom Tomatoes (Different Colours)
2 Tbsp. Vegan Basil Pesto (Optional)
¼ Cup Good Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
To start – chop the tomatoes into little chunks and pop them into a bowl with all of the juice that comes out of them included. Now add the olive oil to the tomatoes with some salt and pepper.
If you’re using the basil pesto throw it in with the tomatoes now. Its not totally essential I just put it in if I have pesto in the fridge, which I usually would, but please don’t feel the need to go out and buy some!
Now lets get on with it! Lightly toast your bread. I’m lazy so I pop mine into the toaster but if you really want to be fussy you could use the grill or the oven, I personally wouldn’t have the time or pacience for that, but that’s just me! Anywho…. Once toasted rub each piece of the toast with the clove of garlic. It sounds strange I know but trust me its going to be magical! ✨
Now for the finishing flourish, spoon the tomato mixture over the garlicky bread and that is it! Serve immediately! Enjoy my lovelies xx ? ?
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