This recipe is called Brago's Bruschetta and I got it from my mom many years ago and I haven't a clue where it originated. It might as well have spontaneously sprung up from the earth as far as I know but it's definitely worth sharing.
Bruschetta are little appetizers similar to crostini and are rather like cross-wise slices of baguettes with toppings. The recipe was originally meant to be used this way and it's certainly good as an appetizer but I much prefer eating it as a sandwich or as a pizza topping.
You can make up this fresh salsa (which is what it essentially is) and put it on a split roll as a tasty sandwich or on a pizza crust for a fabulous pizza. Then you can grill it or toast it so that cheese melts perfectly and the garlic is beautifully mellow. Your choice, but I'm just saying that melted is better.
4-6 large roma tomatoes, finely diced
1/3 cup olive oil
1 T balsamic vinegar
4 cloves minced garlic
¾ teaspoon salt
1 large diced avocado
1/3 pound smoked mozzarella cheese, cubed
½ cup chopped fresh basil, julienned
¾ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 medium pizza crusts or 4 split rolls or 2 sliced baguettes
Combine all the ingredients except the bread option in a large bowl and let it set for a couple hours to mellow.
Spread the mixture on a pizza crust, sandwich roll or on individual slices of baguette, depending on the purpose. Then, toast it or don't--it's your call.
And now for the contest--Avocados from Mexico is sponsoring a contest here at Scribbit where you can submit your own original avocado recipe and take a shot at winning a $100 iCard gift certificate.
Here's how it works:
If you have a blog, post your own original avocado recipe then come back here and leave a link to your post in the comments section of this post.
The contest officially starts October 4th and runs through October 30th, the winner will be randomly chosen using a random number generator, and will then be announced here on November 1st. They are encouraging recipes for avocado salsa, guacamole and tacos though I will accept any recipe where avocados are an integral and vital ingredient (see my recipe for Diablo Verde Shakes as an example).
Tweeting about the contest using the hashtag #taconight is great and encouraged. Each Thursday, the first five tweets to @Guacgrl showing a picture of your "taco night" will receive a $25 iCard.
If you need a hint as to how to easily leave the hyperlink to your recipe in the comments section I would suggest doing it with HTML code this way (you can cut and paste it using the URL of your recipe post):
Sample HTML that you'd type in comments: I've posted my recipe for <a href="URL of your avocado recipe post">Avocado Pancakes</a> at my blog, Everything Green and Bumpy.
How it will appear in comments: I've posted my recipe for Avocado Pancakes at my blog, Everything Green.
Got it? If you have questions let me know in an email and I can help you out. I'm sorry if you don't have a blog and want to participate--they don't want emailed recipes, only posted ones. Sorry.
You can always just leave the whole URL in comments but sometimes it gets cut off and it always gets confusing and messy. If you do it this way then people reading the comments can easily click on your recipe link and go see it at your site.
And now, get thinking about avocado recipes! A hundred dollar iCard could be yours! I'm buying a new purse with mine--what will you do with yours?