You can’t go wrong with crunchy, grilled bread, tangy balsamic vinegar and ripe tomatoes. My Grilled Balsamic Tomato Bruschetta with Tofu Feta is the perfect way to wow-the-pants-off your dinner guests.
This is one of those recipes that you want to hoard and gobble up all by yourself. But you won’t. Because you can’t wait to hear everyone raving about what a great chef you are.
That and maybe eating a loaf of grilled bread and 2 Tbsp of olive oil wouldn’t go over so well with your pants. (Especially since they happened to notice that you wowed-the-pants-off your guests).
Sometimes I tell my pants that we’ll make a compromise. I’ll cut down on the oil and nix the bread for some cucumber and then I can eat the whole thing. My pants are cool with that.
Lord knows we do NOT want our pants to be angry with us. There’s nothing worse than those days they decide to get so tight you have to lay down on the bed to get them buttoned. Or worse, force you to have to do the old rubber-band-through-the-belt-loop trick. I’ve been there. It wasn’t the prettiest sight but it kept me in my pants until I could get my bread eating habits under control. So that’s the other option.
Can we talk a minute about the tomato-balsamic mixture? It’s totally tomato-SAUCY. You could take this saucy little tomato mixture and toss it over some grilled eggplant too. Oh baby that sounds good. I just made that up off the cuff.
Cause off-the-cuff is my style. At least when it comes to saucy tomatoes.
So cheers to you. Stay saucy, but keep your pants on. That might just be a tweetable.
[bctt tweet=”Stay saucy, but keep your pants on. @DHCooks”]
Now your turn
Please tell me I’m not the only one! Have you ever gotten to a point where you’re pants are a bit snug but you refuse to buy new ones? What was your game plan to change it? Moderation? Cutting certain foods out? Abstaining from alcohol (gasp!)
- High heat oil for brushing on grill grates and to toss tomatoes in before grilling (such as avocado oil, sunflower oil or grapeseed)
- 2 lbs vine ripe tomatoes, cut in half and seeds removed
- Coarse sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- Handful fresh basil, chopped
- Lovely crusty garlic bread, sliced
- For the Herbed Tofu Feta
- 1 16 oz package organic, extra firm tofu (cut it into 1/2 inch cubes or crumbled with your fingers)
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Italian seasoning blend (with basil and oregano)
- Prepare tofu feta the night before if desired: Heat all ingredients for feta in a saucepan heated over low heat; simmer about 30 minutes. Cool and refrigerate overnight. The longer you keep it in the fridge marinating the better it gets! Drain and desired amount and set aside.
- Preheat grill to medium high; oil the grate with high heat oil and brush tomatoes and bread lightly with the same; season with sea salt and pepper; place tomatoes on grates, 7 minutes per side or until char marks appear. Remove from heat, cool and cut into bite size pieces.
- Place prepared bread on grates; grill 2-3 minutes per side or until char marks appear.
- Whisk garlic, olive oil and balsamic, toss in grilled tomatoes; re-season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spoon 1 Tbsp tomato mixture onto each slice of grilled bread, top with a few cubes of tofu feta and a Tbsp of fresh basil. Reserve remaining tofu feta for another use.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 8.7 g
Saturated Fat 2.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.8 g
Cholesterol 3.0 mg
Sodium 263.2 mg
Potassium 96.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 18.0 g
Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
Sugars 0.8 g
Protein 3.9 g
Vitamin A 4.9 %
Vitamin B-6 2.3 %
Vitamin C 6.7 %
Vitamin E 2.1 %
Calcium 4.9 %
Copper 2.8 %
Folate 1.9 %
Iron 8.1 %
Magnesium 2.1 %
Manganese 6.6 %
Niacin 1.3 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.1 %
Phosphorus 2.3 %
Riboflavin 1.5 %
Selenium 2.0 %
Thiamin 2.3 %
Zinc 1.0 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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