Bruschetta.jpgJ. and I attempt, but don’t always succeed, to have a date night once a week. We usually head out to a nice restaurant or a movie but last week we were beat and just wanted to stay home. I had baked some wonderful crusty Italian style bread earlier in the day and we had found some beautiful tomatoes at the farmers market… Bruschetta was the answer.

I decided to make 2 different versions and after a quick trip to Wholefoods for some delicious meat we were set to go. I didn’t just want to make an ordinary tomato combination for the top. It was date night after all, I wanted something a little different and unusual. I went with garlic roasted tomatoes on Tomato and basilsoppressata or prosciutto with jalapeno lime white balsamic vinegar to finish it off.

First off I put the tomatoes into the oven to roast. I only wanted them cooked for a very short time with some garlic and olive oil to really bring out the sweetness in these gorgeous tomatoes we found. I wanted them to hold their shape and keep the firm texture, not go all mushy.

ProscuittoWhile the tomatoes were in a 350F degree oven for 10 minutes, I sliced some chunky bits of our Italian crusty bread and smeared them will olive oil. I heated up our grill pan and toasted these on both sides. I tried to get nice crusty grill marks on the bread. I did ok for the most part but there were some slightly crispier parts.Soppressata

Once these were grilled I just rubbed them with some garlic and set them aside to dress. I did a few of each meat for J. and I. Layer 1 being either soppressata or prosciutto. To be honest a few slices of each magically disappeared between the two of us… I love that stuff!

Basil leavesAfter the first layer of meaty goodness I added some fresh basil leaves. We had also picked the basil up at the market since our basil plant hasn’t survived it’s first (and only) Arizonan summer. By this stage the tomatoes were out and cooling down.

I cut the tomatoes in half and put them in a bowl, seasoned them with plenty of salt and pepper and then generously drizzled jalapeno lime white balsamic vinegar over them. I mixed them together and placed them on each piece of bread.

After pouring some wine J. and I sat down to a yummy, simple dinner. I had some goats cheese on the side as well for us to eat with the bruschetta. The creamy rich flavor worked so well with the freshness of the bruschetta. J enjoyed it so much we actually had something similar for dinner the next night. The tomatoes were extremely sweet and juicy. I was happy with how crusty and delicious the bread was as well. Such an easy, quick date night dinner. A good way of keeping my boy J. happy too!

  1. This looks fantastic. A perfect addition to my date night repertoire. Would probably also work with ricotta… Thanks for sharing!
    xo M

  2. kimlj says:

    Reblogged this on Kim's Simple Recipes and commented:
    This sounds so delicious

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  4. whatwewear says:

    great idea, looks delicious!
    xx Vera & Rony

  5. meixneram says:

    looks so yummy 🙂

  6. This made my mouth water!!!!!!!!

  7. Jess says:

    yum looks great!

  8. I want this now. Please. Yum.

  9. lolarugula says:

    I love the lime vinegar you made with this – what a wonderful idea!

  10. Simple but elegant! I am sure it tastes even better! Thanks for sharing a good choice for date night!:D

  11. mrszeg says:

    I love simple meals like this. You taste each ingredient completely since there are fewer ingredients….perfection!

  12. I want these in my belly!

  13. Mmmm, looks delicious!

  14. ediblevie says:

    mmm sopressatta is one of my favourite cured meats and bruschetta is just the best especially with tomatoes that are in season! Great recipe, especially for a party or an appetizer! Definitely going to try it out! Kasia

  15. Mmmm. It makes me hungry just looking at it. I’m with you re prosciutto – a lot of ours is eaten straight from the package!

  16. adlaya says:

    Wow that looks amazing! Such a good idea for a simple meal 🙂

  17. Yum. We do date nights as well but sometimes you just want a bottle of wine at home and food like this. 🙂

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