Late Summer Bruschetta

Appetizers, Snacks, Vegetarian

Late Summer Bruschetta

When was the last time you made garlic bread?!

It’s a question I asked myself the other day and my response was: Way, WAY too long ago! If you have the same answer as me, then this recipe is for you and you and YOU!

Late Summer Bruschetta

It comes together in minutes. Like, it’s absurd how easy it is. It’s perfect for gatherings…maybe Labor Day gatherings? It’s all about late summer right now and this uses it all up and puts it on a carb. YAS.

It starts with garlic bread. I usually like to roast a few cloves but I was a bit impatient for that so instead I just slowly sautéed a few cloves in some butter. Took maybe 5 minutes. I put them through a garlic press which I apparently had back in a drawer. If you don’t have one, then you can just smash the cloves with the back of a knife and mix them into some softened butter. BOOM! HEAVEN!

Late Summer Bruschetta

I charred up some green onions, sautéed some halved cherry tomatoes and summer squash and spooned it over the toasted garlic bread.

While I think this is great for a crowd. It’s also perfect for those nights when all you want to eat are appetizers and desserts.

Doesn’t that sound dreamy?

Late Summer Bruschetta

Late Summer Bruschetta

Late Summer Bruschetta

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons softened unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • Salt
  • 3 to 4 green onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium summer squash, or a bunch of teeny ones
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 baguette, sliced
  • 3 to 4 basil leaves, chopped

Directions

  • In a medium sauté pan, set over medium low heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter. When melted, add the garlic cloves and allow to cook on each side for about 2 to 3 minutes, flip them over and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. The cloves should be golden brown but certainly not burnt. Adjust the heat accordingly. Place the remaining 4 tablespoons butter to a small bowl. Add the cloves of garlic to a garlic press and squeeze them into the butter. If you don’t own a garlic press, no biggie, you can simply smash the cloves with the back of a knife and then add them to the butter. Add a few pinches of salt to the butter and give it a good mix. It won’t look that garlicky, but trust me it’ll taste splendidly.
  • Place the green onions on the grates of a stove. Char on all sides, rotating them every 30 seconds or so. Make sure to get the bulb part nice and charred. Transfer to a cutting board and allow to cool until they can be handled. Chop up the white and pale green parts. Set them aside.
  • Meanwhile, in the same sauté pan (no need to clean it out), set over medium heat, add about a tablespoon of olive oil. When the oil is warm, add the squash and tomatoes, along with a few pinches of salt and a pinch of crushed red pepper. Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, until both are softened. Mix in the chopped up green onions. Give it a taste and adjust the salt accordingly (I added a few pinches more of salt). Cover the pan so it stays warm while you make the garlic bread.
  • To a baking sheet, add the bread slices. Smother each piece of bread with the garlic butter mixture and transfer to under the broiler. Bake for about 1 to 2 minutes, until lightly toasted. Add spoonfuls of the vegetable mixture atop each piece of bread and garnish with basil.
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6 Comments

  • Reply Sammie September 4, 2015 at 1:33 am

    This bruschetta looks so appealing, especially as it has a delicious garlic flavour. I love garlic!! And tomatoes and courgettes. Gorgeous recipe thank you. Sammie http://www.feastingosfun.com

  • Reply Arthur in the Garden! September 4, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Wonderful!

  • Reply Gaby Dalkin September 5, 2015 at 6:07 am

    Labor Day Weekend is all about just eating appetizers and desserts right?! Obsessed with, wanna make it asap!!

  • Reply saltandserenity September 6, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    This looks just perfect for those nights when all I want for dinner is appetizers and a glass of wine!! Great idea for using up all those late summer tomatoes and squash. I didn’t think classic garlic bread could be improved upon. You proved me wrong!

  • Reply Antuan September 7, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Bruschetta looks like perfect dish for good French wine, also prep and cook time is so low, however meal is big. I will definitely try brilliant Bruschetta! to add some information, I tasted meal like Bruschetta to Popeys, I think they have many similarities – http://www.tellpopeyescom.com/

  • Reply Vessiana October 18, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Very charming photos, now I’m hungry :)))

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