Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bruschetta

One of my favorite appetizers or snacks is bruschetta. The crunchy bread topped with the fresh and flavorful tomato topping just pleases something inside me. I prefer the topping to be chilled and the bread to be warm. There are a hundred variations on the dish and I have tried most of them. The recipe below is one of the more basic versions, but when something so simple tastes so good, who needs anything others?

Tips:

  • I like to use fresh cracked pepper and coarse sea salt to season mine. The fresher the ingredients, the better.

  • As you can tell from my picture, I let my bruschetta mix sit overnight. Others like theirs fresh, the choice is yours.

  • A little bit of grated Parmesan or crumbled feta on top, takes this dish to another level!

  • 1/4 cup of diced, roasted red peppers makes a fantastic addition to the bruschetta mix.

Bruschetta

2 cups diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons onions (red or white), diced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
8-10 slices French or Italian bread
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic

In a large bowl, combine diced tomatoes, basil, 1 clove garlic and onion. Drizzle in olive oil and vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss to combine all ingredients.  Use immediately or let marinate in a refrigerator overnight for a more intense flavor.

Rub each side of each piece of bread with 1 garlic clove (using the same clove for all of the bread). Brush each slice of bread with the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil. Place on a baking sheet and broil on low for 3 minutes, flip each slice over and continue broiling for 3-5 minutes or until the bread is lightly toasted. Top with bruschetta mix and garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired.





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Kelli said...

This is my favorite too! So simple but so delicious!
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Mommy2Four said...

I love Bruschetta! It's the Italian genes!

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Shanna said...

That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!
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Sarah said...

Very good. I did add a little balsamic and red wine finigar to the mix but exceelent!

Leigh said...

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Lindsey Muth said...

Hi :) I found you from the TTT bloghop & clicked your link because I have a bruschetta recipe on the top of my blog too :) Using homemade rosemary & black pepper bread (I love that you love black pepper too) :) Glad to find you and hope you can swing by my blog as well! -Lindsey

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Gabby said...

Very good. I did add a little balsamic and red wine finigar to the mix but exceelent!

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Jenny said...

Amazing recipe just as it is. No substitutions needed to make this a 5 star recipe.

Mariah said...

Oh this looks absolutely scrumptious, whether with an Italian meal or whatever (like Mexican)

Jane said...

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