September 01, 2010
Makes 12-15 appetizer servings
Crusty country or French bread
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tomato, cut in half
3 cloves minced garlic
2 lbs. peeled, rough chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract (preferably Mexican for the spice it imparts)
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
Sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
Prepare the bruschette by cutting the bread into ½ inch slices. Grill over fire or toast under broiler until edges are crisp and brown. Remove from heat and roughly rub with garlic clove. Brush or drizzle with oil and rub with open side of tomato. Set aside while preparing the topping.
Heat oil in non-stick pan over low heat and sauté garlic for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, vinegar and vanilla. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook for 10-15 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and add the basil, cooking for one additional minute.
Mound a small amount of topping on each slice and serve warm or at room temperature.