Farmers Market Finds: Tomato Bruschetta

Danielle Oteri

by Danielle Oteri on August 13, 2010

Let’s clear one thing up before we go any further. Bruschetta is pronounced like this: Broos-ketta. You say it with a hard C. I know it’s very Seinfeldian of me to be peevish over such a thing, but it drives me crazy!—especially when I hear waiters at really nice Italian restaurants saying brooshetta. No and no. If you want to pronounce it like Furio from The Sopranos, that is, like a goon with a heavy Naples accent, then you say broosh-ketta. But it’s still a hard C no matter how you slice it.

Tomatoes are finally, gloriously in season. After last year’s tomato blight, I’ve been awaiting their return like I used to wait for the Sears Wish Book as a child. They’re just starting to trickle into my CSA vegetable share with a couple of juicy beefsteaks this week and a dozen or so red and orange cherry tomatoes.

Over the weekend, I stopped by the ever reliable Manhattan Fruit and Vegetable Exchange at Chelsea Market where I purchased the first of the big Jersey tomatoes bearing their fiery, orange-red skin. I also had a few plum tomatoes hanging around at home, so I decided to combine my entire tomato bounty into one meal.

I chopped them into small pieces, adorned them with just sea salt, olive oil, a clove of garlic, and some torn basil leaves from the plant on my window sill. Finally, I spooned the colorful mixture on to slices of bread that had been toasted in a frying pan with a touch of olive oil.

Aren’t they pretty?


And yes they do match the curtains.

A few notes for your own tomato eating pleasure: Don’t store them in the fridge! Anything below 50? ruins the flavor. When ripe, they’ll be slightly soft, have a uniform color and most importantly, smell like a tomato. If they need more time, you can put them in a brown paper bag and let them ripen on your counter top. Ideally, they should be stored in a cool, though not cold place.

Oh, and one final Italian lesson. Tomato, in Italian, is pomodoro, which translates to “golden apple.” Enjoy!

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sarah henry August 16, 2010 at 2:02 am

Hand up as a person who’s terrible on the pronunciation front (hey, I come from a country where fillet is said exactly how it looks — wince).

Regardless, love this summery offering.

Do I get bonus points for knowing what pomodoro tranlates as?

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Jennifer Margulis August 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

Gorgeous! I love broos-ketta! (My husband is Italian). Sadly, our tomatoes in the garden are NOT completely ripe yet…

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Stephanie August 16, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Er, I had no idea it was pronounced broo-sketta. Bad Italian. :/ Regardless of how you say it, I miss it. Le sigh!

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Melanie Haiken August 17, 2010 at 3:24 am

This post made me so happy; something new to do with tomatoes! I’m drowning in tomatoes and my family has finally gotten tired of Caprese salad, though it is a favorite. Thank you!

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Lara O'Brien August 18, 2010 at 9:10 am

really the most simple things in life are truly the best. Im making Brushchetta this eve.

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