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Pesto and Bruschetta

I was at Trader Joes the other day, and while I’m there I typically get basil and goat cheese, even if I have nothing planned. I like to make pesto, and I like to make bruschetta, and a couple years ago, my better half told me that she had bruschetta once that had goat cheese on the bottom, and it was delicious. So, every once in a while I make that for her.

I also managed to shatter my blender a few week ago and replaced it with a black and decker, so I’ve been wanting to use it and see how well it worked.

So I decided to make pesto – my std pesto recipe calls for a couple cups of basil, a cup of Parmesan, 1/4 cup of pignolas/pine nuts or walnuts, 4 cloves of garlic, 1/4 cup or so of EVOO, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, a grind or two of pepper, chop in a food processor, taste, add stuff and then put on pasta, veggies, or pretty much anything else.

Traditional bowl of pesto

A great bowl of pesto and cherry tomatoes

However, what I did last night was a bit different. Instead of just making Pesto, I also had some baby tomatoes around, so I thought about making bruschetta. Long story short, instead of making pesto or bruschetta, I made pestochetta. I guess I was tired and kinda mixed the two recipes because they are so similar. Basically I made pesto with tomatoes. The best part was that it turned out great!

We were at a party last weekend where the hostess toasted the bread in olive oil in a skillet, so I tried that with some Trader Joes filone – I had thought that the bread was going to be more round than flat, but it was really close to ciabatta or slipper bread.

I sliced it into half inch pieces, poured some olive oil into the non-stick pan and fried/toasted them. They turned out great too!

I let the bread cool down a bit, spread some goat cheese onto it, then covered it with the pesto / bruschetta mix. That was all we had for dinner last night – it was fantastico!

So, if you’ve never screwed up and combined a pesto and bruschetta recipe before, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Oh, the amount of tomatoes – was probably about 1/2 cup, but could definitely have used more with out issue.

Additionally, I pronounce it broo shet a, so if you pronounce it broo sket a, I pronounce you – pretentious!

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