Sep 28, 2010

Lazy Girl's Bruschetta

I thought I'd post the recipe for my easy bruschetta that I mentioned in the last post.

One of the reasons I love this bruschetta is because from August to October, I get to make it with fresh veggies from my own garden (or the farmers market!)  I grow at least two varieties of tomatoes, peppers, and onions every year, and I love combining them to make bruschetta, fresh salsa or just a simple veggie omelette.  I always have a nice bowl of the "Trifecta" on hand in the fridge!

Most of my recipies are "lazy girl" recipes.  I do love to cook and am not lazy (I promise) but I'm so busy that I only make the less time-consuming recipes regularly.  The in-depth recipes I save for special occasions.  The only part of this process that take a bit of time is the chopping.  Chop extra and save for later - you'll be happy you had this lovely mix on hand!

I also wanted to mention that one of my favourite foodie bloggers Girlichef has a wonderful Hearth and Soul blog hop going on each week that you can take part in!  Please pop by and check out the wonderful recipes posted by other bloggers who are sharing all kinds of food that means something to them.

Lazy Girl's Bruschetta:

Veggie Mix:  Simply chop up tomatoes, peppers and onion of your choice. I like to include some minced garlic, but some people find this too strong so you can skip the garlic if you like.

Toss veggies in a bowl and add the seasoning of your choice. I like to use Basil or Oregano from my garden (or from the spice cabinet, now that the herbs are mostly done for the season.)

You will also need:

1 baguette
Butter or Margarine
Shredded Cheese of your choice (I like a sharp white!)

Slice the baguette into rounds and lay out on a cookie sheet. Leave for a few hours if possible - the bread is best when it's a bit dry.

When you are ready to assemble, simply butter the bread (you can omit this step, but I like the golden colour it gives the bread beneath the veggies.) If you did not add fresh garlic to your veggie mix, you can opt to add some garlic powder to the buttered bread (as if you were making garlic toast.)

Spoon veggie mix onto the bread, and top with a pinch of shredded cheese.

If you are in a rush, this can be made under the broiler, but I prefer to bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes to get a nice golden bruschetta. Just be sure to check your bruschetta now and then to make sure it doesn't get too well done!

This bruschetta never fails to remind me of late Summer days in the garden.  It's a simple thing to make, and a hit at our Girls Nights In when we do appies and drinks at my friend's ranch.  It's even a nice, simple alternative to a heavy dinner.  This little plate at the top of the post was my dinner this evening - yum!

And to think - as a child, I hated vegetables!


halloween spirit said...

I love Bruschetta and am often lazy. This is perfect! :D

faerwillow said...

~one of my favorite thing to make during the summer...nothing like the combination of fresh tomatoes and onions...yummy! as long as your cooking and baking reguardless of the time it takes...i think NOT lazy...atleast your making something...right! warm wishes and brightest blessings~

Judith said...

oh yum yum!!!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Oh, there MUST be a touch of garlic in bruschetta! Heavenly!

Little Messy Missy said...

MMMMM....sounds great!

Dede said...

You lazy? I think not! This looks so easy,(I am into easy) and good! Thanks for sharing! Wishing you a productive day!


Jeanne said...

Super Simple! What a great lunch on the go. I just love bruschetta!

Thanx for sharing! :0)

Mother's Moon's Message said...

I am all for easy and fast... and with fresh veggies.. that is even better.... I cooked me up some diced butternut squash yesterday with a cinnamon and butter sauce... was simply wonderful.... thanks for the recipe

girlichef said...

Oh my gosh, my jaw dropped to the floor when I saw that you linked up this week ;) Yay!!! We all need a few lazy recipes...and this one's gorgeous. Seriously, the simplest things are often the greatest things! Plus the tomatoes are gorgeous! So happy you joined us at the hearth and soul hop :)

Butterpoweredbike said...

Just gorgeous tomatoes, love the recipe. Thanks for linking up with the Hearth and Soul hop.

Lyn said...

Oh, this sounds delicious!

Wendy said...

All I like to eat during the summer is Heirloom tomatoes, mozarella cheese, basil and some french bread. This is perfect! Thank you for this yummy recipe, I think I'll make it tonight.

Christy said...

I often need a lazy girl meal - and bruschetta is so perfect! Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Hop and thanks for linking up!

mrsb said...

Your giveaway was up today, and to say it was a hit is an understatement, lol!

Thanks so much for donating! I'll have the winner's info off to you as soon as it's picked and I hear from them!

a moderate life said...

Oh hello Jen Rue! What a lovely blog you have and I am so glad you decided to join us on the hearth and soul hop this week because now I get to poke around your dungeon and follow your delightfully earthy and magikal blog! I say your bruchetta is not a lazy girl version, it is a smart girl version! Less time cooking, more time enjoying! Thanks again for sharing this on the hearth and soul hop and I do hope to see you again in the future! Alex@amoderatelife