Bruschetta is a delicious, healthy, quick and simple Italian summer antipasto that you can make in 5 minutes.
Did you know that the “ch” in bruschetta is pronounced like “k” in kale? So it’s as if it were “brusketta”. I always hear people say “brushetta”… well now you know how to say it correctly (I am half Italian after all). 🙂
My sister makes the best bruschetta ever, especially when she toasts the ciabatta bread on the barbeque. My version is very speedy and uses a simple toaster, but you can also use a non-stick pan.
As this is such a simple dish, choose the tomatoes well, they are is season at the moment so hopefully you will have plenty of choice. I usually smell them to know if they are going to be good, if they don’t smell of anything they will probably not taste of anything either.
This bruschetta topped with tomato is the most popular type in Italy and it’s naturally vegan and healthy, a staple of the Mediterranean diet.
Ingredients for 2 people (doubling the ingredients and using a normal size baguette for 4 will work well):
- 1 small baguette (I used wholegrain for extra flavour and goodness)
- A handful of good qulaity cherry tomatoes or 2 / 3 medium tomatoes
- 1 clove of garlic
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Basil (preferably fresh, a few leaves)
-First toast the bread, you can use a simple toaster or use a non-stick pan, on a low heat, with no oil, and place the bread on it for a few minutes to crisp up;
-Meanwhile, chop the tomatoes in fairly small pieces, peel the clove of garlic and if you are using fresh basil, tear the leaves (tearing them rather than chopping them will prevent oxidation);
-Once the bread is toasted / crispy, rub the clove of garlic on it and if this is problematic simply chop it finely and sprinkle it on the bread, drizzle some extra virgin olive oil, add the tomatoes and basil and seasoning.
*If your fingers smell of garlic after rubbing it onto the bread, rub them onto a stainless stell object to get rid of the smell
**If you are making a lot of bruschette, for example for a BBQ, it may be easier to add the tomatoes, chopped garlic, basil, extra virgin olive oil and seasoning to a bowl and adding it onto the toasted bread as needed.
Use organic tomatoes, basil and garlic for an even more sustainable treat…
Do you like Bruschetta? Have you ever made it?
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