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Monday, February 17, 2014

{White Bean Burschetta on Grilled Ciabatta Bread}

** I am sure you have all noticed the new look of the blog, and I want to talk about it a little bit before jumping into this delicious recipe!  I want to thank Lauren, of Teach Pray Love Design for my custom blog template!  She did a great job turning my blog vision into a beautiful reality!  Check out her Etsy shop for all your custom blog and invitation needs!  She is wonderful!  

Now, lets get to cooking! 

Warm thick cut ciabatta bread is one of my all time weakness.  Ciabatta bread is one of those perfect dunking breads,  perfect dunked in seasoned olive oil or as the base to a garlicky bruschetta, such as this one!  

The Red Wood Room (where Derek and I had our first date) one of my favorite hometown restaurants, serves the most amazing ciabatta bread.  They serve their thick crusty bread warm, along side garlic infused olive oil for dunking, and fresh Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top!  

I could make a meal out of the bread and olive oil served at The Red Wood Room; give me a glass of wine, and some good company and I would be in heaven!  Although I might have to have some dessert too! 

But, we aren't here to discuss my love for the Red Wood Room and their fabulous bread.  No, we are here to discuss this colorful and delicious burschetta.  Tomatoes are combined with garlic, onion and white beans to form the substantial base of this burschetta.  Mint and basil give this burschetta a nice pop of flavor, and a lovely touch of green!  Balsamic capers add zing, and adds a nice touch to this full flavored burschetta.  Perfect for a party, or a simple weeknight dinner.  Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy! 

 White Bean Tomato Bruschetta on Grilled Ciabatta Bread
Brunch N' Cupcakes 
Serves 8-10 

3 Large Tomatoes - Chopped and Seeded
1/2 Medium Onion finely Chopped
2 Garlic Cloves minced
1/2 Cup Fresh Basil Chopped
2 Teaspoons Fresh Mint Chopped
1/2 Cup Large White Beans
1-2 Teaspoons Pepper (or to taste)
1/4 Teaspoon Salt (more to taste if needed)
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Marinaded Capers
1 Loaf Ciabatta Bread, cut into 1 inch slices
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, more for brushing on bread


1- In a medium bowl combine olive oil, onions, garlic, tomatoes, white beans, and capers.  Toss until combined. 
2- Add your basil, mint, salt and pepper into your tomato mixture and once again toss until combined.  Set aside. 
3- Heat a grill pan on medium-low heat.  Place ciabatta bread in grill pan and cook until bread is golden and brown.  Brush toasted bread lightly with olive oil, top each slice with tomato mixture and serve! 

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