I love this appetizer!!! Many years ago when I was living in Philadelphia, I extracted this recipe from a chef at a restaurant called Felicia’s. It was one of the best Italian restaurants in Philly at the time. It was even mentioned in the movie Philadelphia with Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. Sad to say, I heard the restaurant closed which makes me even happier I have this recipe. I never wrote it down because I’ve made it so many times, but I’m writing it down for you today…
Fresh Bruschetta & Toast
3 lb plum tomatoes
3-4 cloves of minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano (not in the original, but I love oregano and I have a lot of it)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbs balsamic vinegar
fresh chopped parsley for garnish and freshness
French or Italian bread sliced thin and toasted in the oven.
salt & pepper
Core each tomato to remove area that attached to the stem. Score the bottom of the tomato with an X pattern. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling simmer. When you begin to see the water boil, add tomatoes and cook for 1 minute.
Have a bowl of cold ice water standing by. Using a slotted spoon, remove tomatoes from hot water and place directly into cold water. Cool for about 3 minutes in water. Remove the tomatoes from the cold water and you will be able to pull the skin off with no problem. Next cut the tomatoes in half and remove all the insides leaving just the meaty part of the tomato. Cut into bite size pieces. Mix in remaining ingredients and allow to sit for about 10 minutes to allow all the ingredients to come together.
Top toast with tomato marinade and eat! Fresh Delicious Bruschetta!