When it comes to the perfect snack, I'm looking for unfussy, bite-sized morsels that I can pick up and eat with my hands. Simple bruschetta comes to mind instantly. Slices of crusty baguette, toasted, and topped with fresh, garlicky tomatoes, and a sprinkling of basil — it's tough to find a dish more satisfying, and it couldn't be easier to make.
- 4 medium tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped or put through a press
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Baguette (or loaf of any crusty bread), sliced into 1-inch pieces or thicker
- Fresh basil, thinly sliced, for garnish
In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for at least an hour to let to flavors blend together and break down the tomatoes.
When you're ready to serve, toast the slices of bread lightly in the oven. Top the warm crostini with the tomato mixture and garnish with basil.