You also don't have to tell me that it doesn't look that pretty, because I know that it doesn't. I also didn't really get a chance to take a great photo of it all fancy on little toasts (that look like this), so you're not getting the full effect. However, trust me. I may have led you astray a time or two before, but stay with me. This was made with tomatoes from the vine, and basil that had been attached to a plant 2 minutes before it was served. Tomatoes are in season, so go buy (or better yet, pick) a million and eat them up.
Tomato, mozzarella bruschetta
- 2 French baguettes
- extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling on the bread, plus about 1/4 cup for the tomatoes
- About 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 1 pound fresh, firm tomatoes (you can certainly use more and adjust the proportions, as you like)
- 1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese
- 1 can great northern beans, drained
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 handful fresh basil leaves
Slice the baguettes on an angle about 1/2 inch thick. Place on a cookie sheet, and drizzle with olive oil. Broil in the oven for a few minutes, until golden (my broiler on low took about 4 minutes, so watch carefully to not burn them).
Put the pine nuts in a dry frying pan on the stove on medium heat. Shake the pan every so often until the pine nuts are golden. Don't let them burn. Remove from the heat, and let cool.
Dice the tomatoes and cheese to about 1/4 or 1/3 inch cubes. Drain some of the water from the tomatoes, if necessary (you don't want too much liquid in the mix). Place them in a large bowl with the beans. Add up to 1/4 cup olive oil (enough to coat everything without puddling at the bottom), and salt and pepper to taste. Let come to room temperature.
Tightly roll the basil, and slice it very thinly. When ready to serve, add the basil and pine nuts, and stir to incorporate. Serve on the baguette slices.