So my darling husband was at Barns n Noble the other day and can home with a prize for me.. not necessarily for me, but for our French Bulldog. It the “Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook from the Bubba Rose Biscuit Company.” Its an all organic doggie treat cookbook! It came with 3 cookie cutters and for this “Mambo Italiano,” I chose to use the dog bone shape. Doggies deserve yummy organic treats too 😉
3/4 Cup Oat Flour
3/4 Cup Brown Rice Flour
3oz Tomato Paste
1/4 Cup Fresh Mozzarella, Finely Chopped
1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 teaspoon Rosemary
1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Dried Basil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
COmbine all ingredients and mix throughly until a dough forms. *If the dough is to dry add 1 Tablespoon of water.* Roll the dough out a lightly floured surface to 1/4″ thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet (they can be close together as they don’t spread while cooking).
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Bruschetta is an appetizer whose origin dates to at least the 15th century from central Italy. The possibilities are endless when choosing your favorite topping for any Bruschetta. When I choose what would be our glorious a topped Bruschetta, I thought about the part in “Julie and Julia,” when Julie was upset and she was venting her husband while she was also frying chunks of beautiful white bread with olive oil and chopping juicy ripe tomatoes. There after, Julie and her husband were enjoying the succulent pieces of Bruschetta she made.. A while they were enjoying this beautiful creation, Julie decided to begin her food blog! So with my Julie and Julia inspired Bruschetta here is my simple and delicious recipe.
Serving for 2 as a side dish or Appetizer
4 Slices of White Italian Bread, Sliced into thick slices
4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3/4 Cup Organic Grape Tomatoes, Chopped in half
2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
Handful of Basil, Chopped
Sea Salt and Pepper
Heat the Olive Oil in a pan over medium-high heat, then add in the minced garlic, then place the sliced bread into the pan and fry until the bread in browned and crisp. Set aside. In the same pan add the chopped tomatoes, basil, sea salt and pepper. Allow the tomatoes to wilt and soften stir occasionally. Once wilted set aside to cool a little bit. Once ready to serve. Place an even amount on each piece of bread and top with a sprinkle of basil.
Open a bottle of wine and Bon Appetit!