Bruschetta is basically small slices of bread that have been toasted and rubbed with raw garlic then very lightly drizzled with olive oil. You could stop right there and have a real good and basic garlic bread. Here is a link to our amped up version of garlic bread. Then comes the many toppings. The most common being chopped tomatoes.
There was a real good Italian restaurant in Manhattan on Mulberry St. in Little Italy that did it like this and it’s still our favorite. Although we have been guilty of trying a few variations over the years.
Here are your Bruschetta ingredients
Toasted slices of bread, Real good extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil leaves. If you don’t have any fresh basil leaves dried will work in a pinch. Good Roma tomatoes cored seeded and chopped, minced fresh garlic and salt.
Of course a good Italian red wine will also get the meal started off right.
This is a real good Italian recipe that we always get asked to bring to a pot luck. You can add a lot of different ingredients. We’ve seen it with, eggplant, cannelloni beans, fresh mozzarella, diced up chicken, Cilantro, bacon, pepperoni and on and on.
Here are some more of our favorite appetizers
- 1 smal loaf bread baguette or any thin loaf
- 2 Roma tomatoes cored, seeded and chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced aka finely chopped
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil or 1 tbsp. dried
- 2-3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pinch salt
- Slice the bread and spread the slices on a cookie sheet. toast them in an oven set at 400 degrees. Or, use a toaster oven set for toast. Remove them when they just start to get brown around the edges.
- Core, seed and dice the tomatoes. Chop the tomatoes garlic and basil. Put them in a small bowl and add as much or as little of the oil as suits you and a pinch of salt. Mix it up and put a spoonful on a slice of bread. This makes a great appetizer. You and your guests will really like it.