Easy Dinner: Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

We were feeling lazy again the previous weekend, and as we chatted excitedly about our upcoming trip to San Sebastian, we couldn’t stop thinking about Jamón Ibérico de Bellota. I have very confidently proclaimed these to be the best ham in the world and so, how could we bring ourselves to wait for the trip before we indulge in some of this gem? We did the unthinkable again, plonked £18.50 for 100g of this precious ham from Selfridges, and went home to assemble another quick and easy weekend dinner for two.

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta with Iberico ham and Manchego Cheese

Inspired by our meal at Cambio de Tercio (review coming up), we improvised and made some bruschetta with a tomato and basil dressing on top. This requires no cooking, whatsoever, and is delicious served with the ham and some Spanish Manchego cheese. Yes, Italian bruschetta and Spanish ham and cheese, frown if you must but trust me when I say this combination triumphs in its simplicity.

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta with Iberico ham and Manchego Cheese
Of course, I couldn’t bring myself to make fresh bread, so I used a store-bought loaf of crusty white bread for the bruschetta. Just pop slices of the bread in the oven to toast them a little, and you’re good to go with the crispy babies.

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta with Iberico ham and Manchego Cheese

Here’s the recipe for the tomato and basil salad. It’s so easy that I’m almost embarrassed to place this in the Cooking category of this blog!!

Tomato and Basil Salad

4 good-quality tomatoes, preferably the sweeter variety, roughly chopped

12 basil leaves (and accompanying stalks), chopped finely

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients together, and serve on crispy, toasted bread!


Yes this is stupidly easy. And ridiculously delish with the nutty ham and  rich & crumbly cheese.

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta with Iberico ham and Manchego Cheese


P/S: I was experimenting with the DSLR again =).

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4 Responses to “Easy Dinner: Tomato and Basil Bruschetta”

  1. 1 Z October 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Lovely photos! Your food entries always make me hungry!

  2. 3 elaineteo October 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    my favourite starter that i always order in restaurants! haha!

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