Pomodori Bruschette (also known as Tomato and Mozzarella Bruschetta) is a delicious appetizer antipasto that includes vine ripe tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, thin slices of red onions and an easy garlic and red wine vinegar. Piled high on Italian Bread or Artesian bread this dish is a meal on its own!
Additional Time - Marinade30mins
Course: Appetizers & Finger Foods
Keyword: appetizer, bruschetta, Italian bread, mozzarella, onion, red wine vinegar, tomatoes
1/2small red onion sliced thin in crescent moonsdo not leave them too thick
2or 3 on-the-vine red tomatoes - sliced thin and then cut again in half
8oz.package of mozzarella pearls
1loaf of Italian bread or Artisan Bread - sliced in about 1.5 inch wide pieceswhich should allow you 5-7 slices
fresh basil leaves
optional fresh shredded Parmesan cheese or Italian cheese mix
1/4th cup red wine vinegar
salt & black pepper
1/2tsplightly dried basilusually comes in jars or dried basil
Combine all marinade ingredients together in a medium sized bowl and mix. Set bowl aside but leave at room temperature.
Take small red onion, cut in half and then slice very thin slices of red onion into crescent moons. Place in a bowl of cold water and set aside for 30 minutes. While you can skip the cold water bath, it does help remove some of the overpowering flavor of the red onion for Bruschette.
Thinly slice 2-3 vine tomatoes. Then cut the slices into 2 or 3 pieces. Slicing thin and then slicing again helps the tomatoes layer flatter and be less chunky than dicing.
Place red onions, tomatoes and mozzarella balls into marinade. Stir together.
Set bowl of tomatoes and onions aside for 30 minutes for best flavor (leave at room temp).
Slice 5-7 pieces of artisan or Italian bread in about 1.5 inch width and place on a sheet pan.
Lightly drizzle with olive oil.
Broil bread on HIGH until just golden brown, which takes only minutes.
Pile tomatoes/onions/mozzarella generously on bread, splitting between the bread evenly.
Chop up fresh basil and top Bruschette with basil.
Optionally sprinkle with freshly shredded parmesan and black pepper.
Drizzle with a bit of the extra marinade oil and serve piece of Bruschetta immediately.