Saturday, July 5, 2008

Friendship Bread

This is one of my favorite summer-time meals. It is just so fresh and tasty. It is best eaten with you closest friends and at the peak of tomato freshness. If you have the extra few minutes you should make the Balsamic dressing yourself (recipe to follow) and the focaccia bread as well. This time I did not have time to make my own bread so Central Market's focaccia had to do.

Friendship Bread
You will need:
  • 1 loaf of focaccia bread, preferably something with sundried tomatoes or basil or both
  • 1 large tomato
  • crumbled feta cheese
  • fresh basil leaves
  • balsamic dressing
Place the focaccia loaf on a serving plate. Slice tomato and then cut slices in half. Tear or cut basil leaves into small pieces. Place the basil on top of the focaccia and top with tomato slices. Sprinkle the desired amount of feta on top of that. Slices the bread into the number of wedges desired. Drizzle with balsamic dressing. Serve up the slices and eat immediately (sitting too long will make the bread soggy). Add more balsamic if desired. Makes eight to ten wedges.

Balsamic vinaigrette dressing recipe
You will need:
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T. White wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
Whisk together all ingredients until creamy. Do not refrigerate leftover dressing. Yum!

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