Bruschetta with Micro Arugula and Basil

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1 to 2 large loaves Italian bread seeded
1/3 cup olive oil
8 ounces fresh mozzarella
3 to 4 large pulp tomatoes
1 bunch micro arugula
1/4 red onion
garlic cloves
1 handful micro basil
salt and pepper

1. Oven 375 degrees.

2. Wash fresh micro arugula and basil. Rinse and put on paper towels
drain. Cube the mozzarella, set aside. Chop tomatoes into small
cubes. Dice the red onion. Place the arugula and basil into a
medium bowl, add mozzarella, tomatoes and red onion and toss
together and set aside.

3. Slice Italian bread and put on a cookie sheet. Toast the bread slices 8 minutes each side
or until golden. Remove bread from oven and rub cut garlic
cloves on one side of bread. Not too much.

4. Drizzle olive oil and red wine vinegar over micro tomato and arugula mixture, sprinkle in
salt and pepper. Place tablespoonfuls of tomato mixture over
toasted bread slices and serve immediately.

5. ENJOY – A slice of bread or a slice of heaven !

During a visit in July to my brother Jim’s home in Montauk, he took me on a tour of Good Water Farms as a treat. Jim appreciates my passion for cooking and my interest in searching for those special ingredients that make a meal memorable.

Good Water Farms is unique in that it is a micro farm, and it’s owned by my brother’s friend, Brendan. Well, my interest was definitely peaked as I had never heard of micro farming!

Brendan was a most gracious and generous host to Jim and me. His tour was fascinating and educational. Not only did he show us around, but he explained his passion for micro farming. When Brendan first offered me a taste of the micro arugula, I declined. Truthfully, I was afraid that it would show on my face if I didn’t like it; I am not great at disguising my feelings. Once I accepted this odd little green morsel, I was astonished by the rush of flavor that just burst in my mouth! I am totally into micro now; Brendan got me hooked!

Before Jim and I departed, Brendan gave us a tray of micro basil and micro arugula. The Bruschetta featured in this blog is prepared with…guess what! You got it — micro arugula and basil. Although tiny in size, they are mighty in flavor.

When I crave these delicious greens, I can always go to Whole Foods to purchase micro greens by Good Water Farms. Give them a try, and you’ll be glad you did.

My thanks to Brendan for his generosity and tour of Good Water Farms. I hope to be back soon to see him and sample some other micro greens.

I can’t wait to see what other recipes I can come up with using micro greens – stay tuned!

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