July 25, 2011

A Midsommer's Dinner

Happy Monday! {says the chipper blogger as she downs her Dunkin at an alarming rate...}

So, are you enjoying your summer??  July is just about the only non-mercurial month where I live, although it has some fickle days here-and-there.  We've just finished a heat wave, and it seems to be the topic of conversation wherever you go (ahem, especially Facebook)

Well, if you are living somewhere *hot*, then you'll appreciate today's recipe - hardly any cooking, served with very few dishes/utensils, and perfect for the hot summer day appetite.  Any other time of year, you can use it as an appetizer.

What you will need:
  1. Texas Toast
  2. Bruschetta (pronounced broo-SKET-uh) {<-- that one's for you, my lovely Italian friend; you know who you are}
  3. Fresh basil
  4. Parmesan cheese (optional)
Start by making your Texas Toast as directed on the box.  It takes about 5 minutes to cook, so make sure it's just about dinner time when you start. 

Fresh basil can be purchased at the store, but I love pulling it right off the plant.  I find that basil plants in the kitchen are better than any air freshener.  So nice.

Unfortunately, my grocery store had only one selection of Bruchetta - Bellino, but it turned out to be quite excellent.

Place several basil leaves on each piece of toast...

... and spread the Bruschetta over top.  My husband also added Parmesan cheese (making it 6-cheese toast, I suppose).

It's a wonderful summer meal -- meant to be eaten somewhat cool, and absolutely delicious.  We enjoyed ours on the deck with a nice breeze. 

What summer recipes do you enjoy?

~ Sarah

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