8 September 2008

Golden Bruschetta with Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella and Pesto

Golden Bruschetta with Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella and Pesto


Lets Par....taaa...aaaay!!!!!!!!!!
Susan from Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy has invited us all to her place for a Blogiversary Bash. I visit Susan whenever I can for her delicious recipes plus the fact that she always puts a smile on my face. She sent me some Samosa Girl Guide cookies simply because I hadn't had them before. She is such a sweetie!!!! For the party we are required to bring our favourite party food or cocktail. If we can't all meet in person the next best thing would be to have a virtual party to help Susan celebrate her one year anniversary in Florida. Bring your appetizers, canapés, relishes, antipasto, zakuska, crudités, tapas, meze,spreads, dips, canapes, patés, terrines, cheese balls, fish balls, and meatballs ...whatever...... and lets have an international bash.



In 1964 the movie Zorba the Greek was filmed on the island of Crete. The movie was in the running for seven Oscars that year. In a scene Zorba the Greek sums up the pleasure of eating together and the essense the best "What a pleasant thing it could be to have a meal. We started eating and drinking, the conversation became animated. I at last realized that eating was a spiritual function and that meat, bread, and wine were the raw materials from which the soul is made."

To stimulate our appetites and give birth to our souls I have decided to bring an easy hors d'oeuvre that reminds me of all that is good about the summer. With the days getting shorter and a little cooler I feel the need to grab onto every last moment. This is a simple recipe that lets the flavours of the juicy heirloom tomatoes shine. It also enables me to spend more time with each of you and not in Susan's kitchen....it is just that easy!!! I have seen similar recipes throughout the blogosphere but I wondered what these little beauties would be like baked. I love melting and oozing cheese.............
So let's crack open the Champagne and have a great time!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll be the one drinking the Bellini's, breaking bread and drinking wine and hovering around the food table for some animated conversation.

**Golden Bruschetta with Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella and Pesto**

1 teaspoon fresh garlic clove
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Italian bruschetta loaf of bread, sliced 1/4-inch thick
4-ounce rounds fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/8-inch slices
Small Heirloom tomatoes in assorted colors -- red, green, yellow, orange -- cut into 1/8-inch slices
Coarse salt
Freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup pesto

Toast the bruschetta slices slightly in a 350F oven until they are lightly coloured.

Brush each slice of toasted bruschetta with a small amount of olive oil. Rub each of the slices lightly with the garlic clove. A light touch is required here. Top each bruschetta with a slice of the fresh mozzarella and then an heirloom tomato. Return to oven for 4 - 5 minutes or until cheese is molten not hasn't lost its shape. Move to a platter and drizzle with pesto.

Serves 10

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36 comments:

  1. Perfect party food Val, for sure. Love how you baked these a little to get that perfect melted cheese.

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  2. These look delicious. What a great photo! Makes me want to eat one.

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  3. What a succulent picture Valli!! Simple dishes are always great thing! I'm planning to take somenthing to the party too :D

    I hope to see your face there! Look for me at the bar corner having a Bellini ;D

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  4. I'm taking a dish to the party too! Hope to see your face there... look for me at the bar's corner, I'll be having a Bellini! ;D

    Wonderful succulent picture! I would surely grab some if I could... snif

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  5. These look so great. Good tomatoes, pesto - my favorite tastes of summer (Yes, it's still summer, damn it! We still have a couple more official weeks). Add mozzarella to the mix and you have even more of my favorite things in there.

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  6. These look awesome. I love pesto and use it whenever I can! Great party food

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  7. Well sis, I never met Susan before, although I have seen her around but I paid her a visit just now and I will contribute something to her event. Hope there will be some of your bruschetta left for me to try.

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  8. Thanks for adding me to your blogroll :) I love how the heirloom tomatoes add such delightful color variations to your bruschetta.

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  9. These look absolutely wonderful, Val! Thanks so much for sending them over! I'm so glad you'll be at the bash. It wouldn't be a party without you! :)

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  10. I could never turn away from bruschetta, especially when covered with mozzarella, tomato, and pesto.

    This is simply delicious!

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  11. Can I test a few for you before the party???You would not want these delicious bites to be horrible now do you????

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  12. Few things top a really great bruschetta, Val. And heirloom tomatoes & pesto make one heck of a great bruschetta :)

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  13. love the platter Val...perfect for a party.

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  14. I'll definitely be hovering near the food table along with you - these look very inviting! :-)

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  15. I'm searching out this bruschetta as soon as the party starts. :)

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  16. What a fun idea! And what a great recipe you are bringing to the party! I'm going to check this out! YUM!

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  17. Perfect party food I say! Just beautiful, especially the melting cheese.

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  18. Oooo yummmm and ya know what?? I just made pesto last night and only have a small amount left. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but I have all the other ingredients, so I know now! :D

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  19. I'm so hungry! I wish you were here making these right now!

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  20. This looks exactly like our dinner Thursday night, but without pesto

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  21. Looks fabulous, Valli. Would love to reach in and grab one!

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  22. Stunning pictures - simplicity at its best! You have captured the essence of the object beautifully too. I am a sucker for beautiful pictures. I cart my Nikon SLR wherever I go.

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  23. I love bruschetta, but I hate how they often get it wrong in restaurants. The freshest ingredients and a little TLC have turned out your perfect gems!

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  24. Perfection, Val - this is one of my favorite combinations!

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  25. Those are the best. I love the melted cheese! Yummm

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  26. Your contribution is seriously amazing! I've seen many bruschettas but none that looked THIS delicious! It's like a tomato caprese bruschetta. Yum!

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  27. Oh my goodness - that cheesy heaven is making me drool!

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  28. wow... perfect finger food for parties... great job... :)

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  29. Val, these looks so great, fresh and colorful. My husband love pesto,and tomatoes as well.Certainly one of this i will made next summer for ours dinner for two in the patio.

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  30. Aren't bruschettas the perfect party dish? I love your pic. it is making me hungry :D

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  31. Make sure you save me some of these before they go! Looking forward to the bash! Lets have a drink together!

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  32. Delicious and wonderful Bruchetta look absolutely tasty.xGloria

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  33. Yum, yum, yum, ,yum, yum, yum YUM!
    Need I write more? xo

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  34. Oooh, this is one party I want to come to! Those look so deliciously cheesy, I wouldn't be able to keep my hand off them...

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  35. You chose the perfect appetizer. Beautiful!

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  36. That is one gorgeous picture. I need one of those NOW!

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Val

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