We are heading into late Summer here and thoroughly enjoying all the good produce that is now in season. Peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries and tomatoes. The tomatoes I have seen around the shops and markets are so varied. I don’t think I have ever seen so many different shapes, sizes and colours before. Having said that, I just used a round red tomato for this dish which was sweet and juicy, but you could use any tomatoes.
This recipe is a piece of cake to make and so delicious. We’ve made it a few times for lunches and the kids love it but it could also make a quick dinner. It is the best of bruschetta and a toasted cheese sandwich.
I buy a loaf of bread called Italian bread but look for a ciabatta. Something crusty and chewy with lots of air holes to soak up the tomato juices and olive oil. Slice the bread in half lengthwise and then slice each half into individual portions and put under the grill until lightly toasted. I get the kids to then rub the toast with half a garlic clove.
Then just drizzle over olive oil, sliced tomato, torn mozzarella, torn basil leaves and a final drizzle of olive oil and sea salt and black pepper. This goes back in the oven to grill for a further couple of minutes.
We like to add just a bit more basil leaves to finish. So simple and so delicious and because the kids can make it, they adore it.
italian bread pizza
1 loaf of ciabatta or similar
1 clove of garlic, halved
Slice the loaf of bread in half horizontally and then slice into individual portions. Place on a baking tray and lightly toast in the oven under the grill or broiler (it can just be cooked in a medium oven if you don’t have a grill).
Rub the cut side of the garlic lightly over the toasted bread. Drizzle over some olive oil and then layer up some slices of tomato, torn mozzarella and basil. Finish with another drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt and a good grinding of black pepper. Pop the tray back under the grill for a further couple of minutes, until the cheese has melted.
Pop a couple more fresh basil leaves over the top and it is ready to be devoured.