It’s nice to know an Italian. They have the goods on traditional recipes and the right way to process a bumper crop of tomatoes. I have such a friend, Jennifer, and this year, fortune smiled on her plants and she started to get WAY more than she could use and process on her own. So she asked if I wanted some. (huzzah) Since that same fortune didn’t happen to fall on my plants this year and my crop looked more like a handful of marbles, I enthusiastically said YES (plus, what crazy person turns down garden tomatoes?!) I was so happy we could finally make our homemade BLTs before the last whiff of summer is completely gone. I made a wonderful, basic tomato sauce (recipe coming soon) and canned it for the winter and with the rest of the tomatoes she brought, I saved two for our BLTs and the rest I asked her for her favorite bruschetta recipe.
She told me that there wasn’t really a recipe, but that this was how her granddad always made it and those kind of recipes are my favorite, anyway. In the spirit of handing down family recipes, I’m not going to list quantities. I’ll basically give it to you like she gave it to me – the taste and adjust method! If you have any tomatoes still coming off the vine (as many of us in this region do) then I hope you enjoy this recipe! If your crop is done, then look for the ripest plum tomatoes you can find in the grocery store. We served this with Matt’s plain country bread, and honestly, it was the best meal I’d had in weeks. Sometimes, nothing beats pure and simple. Thank you, Jen, for sharing your tomatoes and your recipe with us – we benefited greatly from both!
makes a good amount
Dice up a few, ripe, plum tomatoes. Add in minced garlic, a nice pour of good olive oil and add in a handful of shredded fresh basil. Mix to combine and then add in a generous grating of fresh Parmesan cheese and adjust the seasoning to your liking with salt and garlic powder. Serve on toasted baguette or just about anywhere you can think to use it!