Warm bruschetta with fresh basil and piles upon piles of mozzarella? THIS is comfort food.
Added bonus: this is FAST. It’s a fantabulous appetizer, but when I was preparing to defend my undergraduate honors thesis it was one of maybe four things I ever had time to eat for dinner. This, pasta with butter and parm, peanut butter and honey sandwiches, and whatever Kyle would bring me when I called him starving at 10pm begging for a pizza, a sandwich, ANYTHING. (You’re the best, babe. For realsies).
Now that my life is (somewhat) less crazy, I make this less frequently…but still frequently. It’s too good to knock off the roster. TOTALLY worth the six minutes it will take you to whip it up. I promise.
- 4-8 baguette slices (this totally depends on how much tomato/cheesy goodness you want on top of each piece – I like my crostini piled high with the warm tomato mix! But you could easily stretch it out over 8 small slices).
- 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 9-10 fresh basil leaves, chopped (about 3 Tsbp, but make it as basil-y as you like!)
- 1 medium tomato, diced
- 3 Tbsp. fresh mozzarella cheese, diced into ¼?-ish cubes
- Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat.
- Saute garlic with salt and pepper for about 1 minute.
- Add chopped basil and diced tomato to skillet. Turn heat to low and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes more, until tomatoes have cooked down a bit and it resembles a chunky spaghetti sauce or salsa. Turn off the heat. (If you want, you can also add a splash of balsamic vinegar to the skillet while everything is cooking down. It gives it a lot of flavor – sometimes I use it, sometimes I don’t. It depends on my mood. If you’re big into balsamic, though, give it a try!)
- Toast your baguette slices. When I was in a hurry, I just popped some bread in a toaster, which worked fine. If you have time/aren’t as lazy as me, drizzle the baguette slices with some olive oil and toast them in the oven for 4-5 minutes or under the broiler for 1-2 minutes.
- Put your diced mozzarella pieces into a separate bowl.
- Pour the warm tomato mixture over the mozzarella (YUM. MY.) and stir it all up. Spoon it on top of the crostini and serve immediately. Enjoy!