Yesterday was the first day since Friday that I felt more okay than not. And I was tired of soup. So when Dan asked for dinner suggestions I said “Not soup… fresh veggies… something simple”. I had no idea what I would be having for dinner. I thought he would maybe come back with a salad and meat of some kind. But when I got home, Dan was putting baguette slices he had brushed with olive oil into the oven, and was in the process of slicing tomatoes. I asked “what are you making?”. His response: bruschetta…
I have to admit I was a little surprised. Not because bruschetta is beyond Dan’s capabilities, by any means. He is a very good cook. But because it wasn’t one of our “normal” meals. You know? After a while you build kind of a repertoire of go-to meals so it is surprising when you walk in on something new. One of our favorite go-to dinners when we just want super simple is good salami and cheese with baguette (and of course, red wine). I wasn’t feeling up for wine or salami, so I didn’t expect that last night. But bruschetta? That was completely unexpected.
On a normal night (not post-sick), I might have wanted something to supplement the bruschetta, but last night it was the perfect light meal. And I loved watching Dan work in the kitchen (as much as I love to cook myself, I enjoy watching him cook for me. I think because in my mind, cooking and preparing food is an expression of love). Anyway, this was really good and super simple. It would be great as an appetizer or light meal especially as the summer tomatoes start rolling in (I’m hoping our tomato plants start showing some growth soon).
baguette, sliced into rounds
salt (preferably magic salt aka Kosher. or sea salt)
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. To make crostini: brush baguette slices with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet (or directly on the rack in the oven… we used the pizza stone that lives permanently in my oven). Toast the baguette slices in the oven (about 5 minutes).
2. Spread a little goat cheese on each crostini. Top with a slice of tomato and a few strips of basil. Sprinkle with salt.
3. Enjoy it with someone you love. Or at least like.