by Dinner Hero on January 28, 2013

I’m telling you, basil and tomatoes were made to go together.


We are not gardeners by any means, but we do grow our own tomatoes and basil primarily to feed this very craving.

You should try growing some basil in a small pot on the back patio.  A basil plant costs less than a package of fresh basil in the grocery store.  Seriously.  *** So, if the plant dies and you need to replace it two or three times a year, you’ll still save a bundle over buying it at the store.  Plus, it’s just so fun to step outside and pick a few tomatoes and a bunch of basil and whip up this delicious dish.

It’s great as a side or as an appetizer.

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Serves: 8

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
  • 1 pint Red Cherub Tomatoes, Halved Lengthwise
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • 16 whole Basil Leaves, chiffonade
  • Salt And Pepper To Taste
  • 1 loaf French bread

  1. In a small skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and stir, lightly sauteing for about a minute, removing before the garlic gets too brown (it can be golden.) Pour into a mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Add tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper to the bowl. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or two if you have the time.
  3. Cut the bread into diagonal slices to allow for the most surface area possible. Brush lightly with olive oil. Put the bread under the broiler and watch very closely. Remove from oven when bread is lightly toasted.
  4. To serve, give the tomato mixture a final stir, then spoon generously over the slices of bread. Drizzle with the balsamic vinegar.
  5. Serve as an appetizer or side dish.


*** {UPDATE – February 1, 2013} ***

Case in point:  The picture above, with the nice, fresh, green basil was taken just 12 hours before this happened…

dead basil

See?  This is what happens when I’m left in charge of the plants.  Yes, I know it’s February.  But I live in South Texas.  Most nights, the basil is just fine outside.  But I failed.  I let it stay out in the freezing temps for just ONE night!  No fresh basil for me again until I go get a new plant.

I wonder if a new basil plant could count as a birthday present for my hubby?  I did kill HIS plant after all.

Home Depot here I come.

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