Almost Bruschetta

OK, this was so yummy, I ate it all without taking a picture!

I was thinking about bruschetta, while wanting to throw something together at home, without going out, so I raided my fridge and pantry, and came up with something awesome.

Ingredients

  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • half to two-thirds of a can of diced tomatoes, or one large fresh tomato, diced
  • a tablespoon or two of olive oil
  • 1 to 2 ounces of diced prosciutto
  • one diced onion (or some good onion powder, if you’re out of onions)
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar (optional)
  • several slices of good bread (Italian or French, for preference)
  • 1 tsp. Oregano
  • 1 tsp. basil

Procedure

  1. Put oven on low broil, and place sliced bread on a cookie sheet. Set the cookie sheet of bread slices aside for now.
  2. Add olive oil to a medium hot skillet.
  3. Add diced red bell pepper to skillet.
  4. Add diced onion (or onion powder).
  5. Add minced garlic, and stir.
  6. Let this cook on medium heat, stirring frequently, until the bell pepper and onion bits soften, and you begin to see browning.
  7. Add the pan of bread slices to the oven.
  8. Add the diced prosciutto to the skillet. Continue to stir for a minute or so, to let the proscuitto start to look like half-cooked bacon.
  9. Check your bread slices, and remove from oven if lightly browned.
  10. Add the diced tomato, keeping as much juice as possible.
  11. Quickly add basil, oregano, and balsamic vinegar. Stir this in.
  12. Sprinkle sugar over the top, and cover your skillet with a lid.
  13. If your bread is still in the oven, check it, and remove if golden brown.
  14. When the mixture in the skillet seems to all be soft and well-combined, and liquid has reduced slightly, turn off the heat.
  15. Put the cooked mixture into a bowl with a spoon for serving.
  16. Arrange bread slices on a plate, and set out some Parmesan cheese if you wish.
  17. Pick up a slice of bread, put a spoonful of cooked goodness on it, and a sprinkle of cheese if you want, and yum!

Optional: If you want to flip the bread slices over as they start to brown, and put a bit of Provolone cheese on them,  and put them back in the oven to melt the cheese, it’s really good as well.

I will add a photo the next time I make this!

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