Invigorating Bruschetta

Bruschetta is an Italian anti-pasti which consists of grilled bread, topped with variations of seasonal vegetable salads. The toppings usually have tomatoes as their core ingredient.

The first time I had bruschetta at an Italian restaurant, I was blown away by the freshness and also, the sheer simplicity of the bread-salad combination. The ingredients were basic but they all came together to form a dish which was an explosion on colors, flavors and textures in the mouth.

I looked up the recipe and it was so easy. You could play around with the different salad combinations, the breads as well as the dressings. It is definitely a fresh alternative to your regular salads and also a delightful quick appetizer to serve your dinner guests. Most importantly, it’s healthy! The key ingredients are the tomatoes, the basil, the crushed garlic and the olive oil. Give it a go and enjoy!

Ingredients:

Any Italian bread or baguette

2 Plum tomatoes

1/2 Onion

4 cloves of Garlic+ 1 extra for rubbing on the bread

Garlic butter (optional)

4 tablespoons extra-virgin Olive oil

Some chopped basil leaves

Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

-Using a sharp knife, dice the tomatoes and onions as finely as you can. Put together in a bowl. If you are not a fan of raw onions, you can saute the onions in a little olive oil till they turn a bit pink and translucent. Sauteed onions contribute a lovely sweetness to the mixture.

-Roast the unpeeled garlic cloves in 3-4 drops of olive oil till you see the sides turning brown. Cool, peel and crush the garlic before adding it to the onion-tomato mixture. Keep one clove aside for rubbing on the slices later.

-Throw in some fragrant chopped basil and take in the aroma of growing deliciousness in the bowl.

-Finally, add the olive oil, salt and pepper and give the mixture a good mix. Cover with cling film and put to chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

-Preheat your oven at 200 degrees C for 10 minutes.

-Cut thick slices of the bread and lay them on the lined baking tray.

-Spread a thin layer of garlic butter on the bread slices and also sprinkle some olive-oil on top of them.

-Bake for around 7-8 mins in the oven, till you see the bread getting lightly toasted and crispy.

-Take the slices out from the oven and rub some garlic on their surface. This gives lovely flavor to the bruschetta.

-Arrange the toasted bread on a plate and use a spoon to gently top each toasted bread slice with some of the chilled tomato-onion mixture.

-Serve immediately and enjoy with a glass of wine!

Note: 

-You can also serve the toasts plain with a bowl of the bruschetta mixture on the side for guests to top on their own.

-If you do top each slice individually yourself, do it right before serving as the bread slices tend to get soggy from the moisture.

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