We had a nice break in weather yesterday afternoon and T decided he would grill chicken breasts. It has been weeks since our last barbecue. I put the chicken breasts to marinate before he changed his mind. First I crushed some garlic and in a zip lock bag I put some olive oil, the crushed garlic, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, and a mix of herbs: oregano, sage, and a little parsley. A couple of shakes of smoked paprika and mixed it up and added the chicken breasts.
I decided it was time we could use some of our cherry tomatoes that I had frozen last summer. I have been saving what was left of them for exclusive uses… celebrating that spring is springing and that we had some sun and would be having a grilled meal seemed special enough. I would use a third of them and hideaway the rest for a couple of other exceptional meals for their use.
T cut up the veggies for the bruschetta: red and yellow cherry tomatoes, red onion, green and black onions. While he was busy chopping I cut the French Bread down the middle and put some butter on to melt adding a small clove of well minced garlic and some fresh dried parsley to the butter. Once the butter had melted and had simmered just a bit I spread it on half of the bread. T was through with the veggies about the same time. We misted the veggies with just a little olive oil and sprinkled some seasoning on them (basically the same mix as I had just put in the marinade for the chicken.)
While I was broiling the bread and veggies… I decided to throw together a quick apple salad… T was getting the grill ready. I waited until the chicken on the grill was about finished to add the broiled veggies to the bread and topped it off with some shredded Apple Smoked Gruyère Cheese. About the time he was coming in with the grilled chicken breasts, that smelled like heaven I put the bruschetta under the broiler to melt the cheese some, just to add a little color.
The meal took no time at all to come together and it was delicious. All the blends from grilled chicken, the seasonings and the wonderful little tomatoes, crusty bread were a wonderful blend of flavors and textures that we both enjoyed immensely. The leftovers would be really good tomorrow….
Taken last summer by one of my deck gardens