Lazy Sunday Basil Garlic Bruschetta – Straight From The Garden!

I went away for a couple of days and discovered: My Garden Can Live Without Me!

It’s either that, or it’s dead.

On my bench were 8 cucumbers – bringing my picking tally up to 12.

At first glance, I could see CRAZY tall Corn, but still no cobs!

Along with Bushy Tomato Bushes – still no red tomatoes. I proceeded to find a couple of teeny tiny cherry tomatoes! VICTORY!

And three CRAZY Basil Bushes!

We planted everything really late, so while others are enjoying all their garden joys (some even sick of them), I am patiently waiting!

Please note that the tomatoes featured in my recipe are home-grown, just from out at the farm, not in my garden, close enough!

I’ve Got Basil Coming Out My Ears!

I proceeded to pick my basil bushes (using my pruning strategy) and filled up a 4 litre ice cream container!

Yes, Basil is really coming out my ears!

Basil Coming Out My Ears | Growing Basil | Cooking With Basil | Bruschetta | Lunch Ideas

As you do when you have lots of a particular produce, you look up some recipes!

I’ve been through the list of things to do with basil,

  • Pesto – obvious choice
  • Freeze it – not sure I’m convinced
  • Added it fresh to everything… I mean EVERYTHING!

So it was about time I did something else!!

BRUSCHETTA!!

Which can be defined as “Toasted Italian bread drenched in olive oil and served typically with garlic or tomatoes.”

It was meant to just be Basil Garlic Bread, but when you have some gorgeous red tomatoes on the bench, it’s inevitable that they were going to be added.

This is more a tomato and cheese toastie, but I think the home-made rolls and fresh basil really kicked it up a notch.

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Basil Garlic Bruschetta with Tomato & Cheese
Basil Garlic Bruschetta | Lazy Sunday Food | Basil | Gardening | Tomato
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
for lunch
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
for lunch
Ingredients
Basil Garlic Bruschetta | Lazy Sunday Food | Basil | Gardening | Tomato
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. In a blender* add Basil, Olive Oil, Garlic Cloves and 2 pinches of salt. Blend until smooth. (May require sides to be scraped down and re-blended).
  3. Cut bread rolls in half.
  4. Spread blended basil mixture on each bread roll half. Lay rolls on a baking tray lined with baking paper. *If you wish to make garlic bread, skip to baking instructions.
  5. Slice tomato and add to bread roll halves.
  6. Add a slice of cheese to each bread roll half.
  7. Bake in oven for 12 minutes.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

I used a small hand blender attachment, a thermomix, stick blender, food processor etc can also be used.

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Something else you can do with the Basil Garlic mixture, is to add it to your roast meat.
I was loving using up my basil, so how coincidental that I was having some roast pork!

**I wouldn’t recommend this if you have crackling on your roast.

Adding Basil Garlic Mixture To A Roast

I brown my roast first, then I spread the Basil Garlic mixture onto the top and bottom, pop into a roasting pan, and roast.

Roast Pork with Basil and Garlic | Roast Pork | Fresh Basil | Marinade | Gardening

For this one, it was 150 degrees for 3 hours, however, this really depends on your roast, cut etc.

Enjoy

 

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