appetizer as dinner

I've been trying to bake bread. So far it's hit or miss, with the hits coming almost solely from the no-knead bread recipe full deserving of it's fame.

Last week I tried to make some french baguettes from Mark Bittman's excellent book "How to Cook Everything." They weren't awful, just a little denser than I'd like (I think more yeast next time or starting w/ slightly warmer water will help.)

So I had a meh baguette and lots of veggies from the farm box and about zero desire to cook dinner- what to do?

easy-peasy bruschetta to the rescue!

You'll need:

  • baguette
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • haricots verts (green beans, I'm just feeling fancy today)
  • salami
  • garlic
  • tomatoes (I had small yellow cherry tomatoes)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. cut baguette into slices on the slight diagonal
  2. drizzle cookie sheet w/ olive oil, place bread on top and drizzle w/ more oil
  3. broil bread until golden brown
I was really lazy an not in the mood for complex cooking so did this the easy way, but you could be far more gourmet about it than I was
  1. chop haricots verts into 1/2 inch pieces
  2. chop salami into small cubes
  3. put beans and salami in microwave steamer and nuke until beans are just tender but still have a some crunch
  4. mince garlic
  5. thinly slice tomatoes
  6. add tomatoes and garlic to beans and salami
  7. add a little olive oil
  8. salt & pepper to taste
  9. microwave another 30 seconds or so
  10. place bread on plates
  11. top w/ veggie-meat mixture
  12. serve

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