The smell, the taste, and even the thought of Bruschetta always brings my grandmother to mind. Her Bruschetta is the absolute BEST. I would eat it for every meal. I have many fond memories of sitting on the porch overlooking the pond enjoying my “Memere’s” homemade bruschetta, with basil picked fresh from her herb garden. She has always had a porch full of potted herbs, pineapple, and even banana trees.
Unfortunately I did not seem to inherit her green thumb. I was able to harvest just enough basil from my recently purchased potted plant….before I seemingly killed it.
At least it made one heck of a meal.
Inspired by, and dedicated to my Memere,
– 2 boneless chicken breasts
– 2 TB balsamic vinegar
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 3 firm tomatoes, seeded
– 1 C basil, chopped
– 1 tsp lemon juice
– 1 tsp olive oil
– Salt and pepper
Rub chicken with 1 clove of minced garlic and season lightly with salt and pepper.
Add chicken and vinegar to a zip lock bag and marinate 1 hr.
Meanwhile, chop tomatoes and toss with basil, lemon juice, olive oil, and remaining garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Chill until ready to use.
Heat grill pan (or grill) to medium high.
Cook chicken approximately 5 minutes each side.
Serve topped with tomato mixture.