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.
- 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
- Put oven on low broil, and place sliced bread on a cookie sheet. Set the cookie sheet of bread slices aside for now.
- Add olive oil to a medium hot skillet.
- Add diced red bell pepper to skillet.
- Add diced onion (or onion powder).
- Add minced garlic, and stir.
- Let this cook on medium heat, stirring frequently, until the bell pepper and onion bits soften, and you begin to see browning.
- Add the pan of bread slices to the oven.
- 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.
- Check your bread slices, and remove from oven if lightly browned.
- Add the diced tomato, keeping as much juice as possible.
- Quickly add basil, oregano, and balsamic vinegar. Stir this in.
- Sprinkle sugar over the top, and cover your skillet with a lid.
- If your bread is still in the oven, check it, and remove if golden brown.
- When the mixture in the skillet seems to all be soft and well-combined, and liquid has reduced slightly, turn off the heat.
- Put the cooked mixture into a bowl with a spoon for serving.
- Arrange bread slices on a plate, and set out some Parmesan cheese if you wish.
- 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!