My basil plant is on it way out due to my lack of attention (what can I say-three kids, new business, etc). Before it completely dies I decided to use the last few leaves to make bruchetta.
Sometimes the best foods are the simplest ones.Take bruschetta, for example. Bread, oil, tomatoes garlic, basil and a little salt. But with anything, it's a lot on how you cook it.
I've made bruschetta by toasting the bread in the oven. Still good, but dry. This way of toasting it by pan-frying the baguette slices is awesome! It toasts the bread so that it is a little crispy, while still keeping it soft inside.
I seriously can eat just this for a quick meal on a Saturday night and be completely happy. But it also makes a great party dish or an appetizer when friends come to dinner.
With all the Christmas parties coming around, you may just want to make this sooner rather later. You'll be color coordinated for Christmas! Make sure to top the bread with the tomatoes at the last minute so that the baguette slices don't get soggy.
1 baguette cut into 1/2 inch slices
4 garlic cloves
15-20 basil leaves
salt to taste