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Friday, December 25, 2009

bruschetta....my love affair.

So, after watching the movie Julie and Julia, I wanted to try my hand at Bruschetta. In Italy, it is a common dish that "celebrates" the ripeness of tomatoes during the summer season. Traditionally, it consists of plum tomatoes, garlic, basil, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar. Quite simple, right?

Well, being in the depth of winter, there were no lovely tomatoes to be found, so Chris and I decided to play around with the food we had. This is what we came up with.

First we sliced french bread and buttered both sides and toasted them on a skillet.





Chris made a delicious sauce combining plain yogurt, fresh pestled basil (from our herb boxes), lemon juice, salt and pepper. This went on half of the bread and was topped with fried garlic chicken, and then garnished with mozzarella cheese. When making the yogurt concoction, I was disgusted, but it turned out AMAZING. He's such a good chef and insanely creative with his cooking!

The rest of the toasted bread was layered with sautéed onions, yellow, orange and red peppers, sauvignon blanc, balsamic vinaigrette, a pinch of salt and a dash of pepper. Then coated with mozzarella cheese.

Both were toasted to melt the cheese and brown the top:


Here's our outcome.


Not exactly "bruschetta" but same idea behind it. It's a lot more filling with more ingredients, so this was more feeling than the usual Italian dish, which is often used as an appetizer.

Even though I adore making food and spending time in the kitchen, I had so much fun with Chris, since we were the only two at the house while making our "invention". He's so much fun we talk about so many things. Love him with all ma heart. ^_^




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