Father’s Day is right around the corner, so it’s time to break out your grills and cook up some Father’s Day specialties. One of my dad’s favorite dishes I make is Grilled Bruschetta, and I got the idea from this little hole in the wall restaurant in the North End of Boston. They make this delicious dish with grilled bread, fresh tomatoes and basil and it’s impossible to just have one piece.
Grilled bread is topped with a mixture of olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, chopped tomatoes and basil. Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on top to make the dish even more delicious. You get the crunch of the bread, the tang of the garlic tomato mixture and the sweetness of the basil. Bright, colorful, and delicious, this dish pairs well with grilled chicken or steak… so throw everything on the grill this weekend, and impress Dad.

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Ingredients: 

3 tablespoons olive oil,

2 pounds plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise and cored

1-2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

One loaf of French bread, sliced

1/3 cup fresh basil chopped

¼ cup parmesan cheese

 

Directions:

  1. Heat grill to medium heat, and lightly oil grates. In a large bowl, toss tomatoes with 1 tablespoon oil. Place tomatoes on grill, cut sides down. Cover grill until tomatoes are charred. This will be about 7 minutes per side.
  2. Remove from grill and place on a plate. Once tomatoes are cooled, chop into medium sized chunks. Once chopped, place into bowl and add garlic, vinegar, basil and season with salt/pepper.
  3. Brush bread with remaining oil and grill bread on both sides until lightly browned and grill marks show. Remove from grill and place on tray. Divide tomato mixture evenly over each slice of bread. Top with parmesan cheese.