It's unreal how bushy basil plants become in the greenhouse environment of our pilothouse. There's glass overhead and on all sides. A trick is to only harvest the top leaves of stems and branches. This promotes rapid new growth to emerge - creating a denser plant.
Bruscetta is what you described . . . at least what we call it - great for snacking, as a light brunch or accompanying a meal. I like to slice up some crusty, rustic bread, drizzle both sides with EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and grill on a very hot ridged grill pan over the cooktop - turning once. Chopped fresh tomatoes (seeded), fresh basil, and fresh grated parmesan cheese are then added to each slice, drizzled with more EVOO - good eats. If I'm feeling ambitious, I'll place it in the oven for a minute, till the cheese melts.
We also use it on a variety of other foods, grilled panini cheese and tomato sandwiches, soups, stews, baked eggplant parmesan (propane oven), pan grilled sliced sausage, onions & bell peppers with olive oil over angel hair pasta, my fresh littleneck clam & mussels zuppa (harvested from the shoreline at low tide), tomato sauce/pasta dishes . . . I could go on & on, but you get the picture. We love basil.
Not quite Bruscetta, no onion and the tomato just sliced not diced but yeah, that's the general idea. Maybe Ms Wombat will have more luck keeping the basil loving caterpillers at bay on board than she does at home.
The Spaniels have a thing where they take a slice of bread toasted on one side only then you pour some olive oil (evoo of course) onto the bread , rub into that some garlic and then some very ripe tomato. Pan con Tomate they call it. With a side order of Jamon (the black foot acorn eating pig type Pata Negro sp ?? not sure) and a plate of freshly grilled or steamed prawns (shrimps to you lot). Whenever I go to Spain, the first thing I do is find a little cafe and get me some of that.
PS to Alex - Portuguese version of Pan con Tomate ?
(edit) suffice it to say whether on TB or the Womboat the TBs and Wombats would be guaranteed a meal to each others liking.
pps - basil is sorted, now find me a 12v juicer (not citrus. carrots, apples and the like) and she will have no more excuses not to buy a bigger boat and move aboard.