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Bruschetta

One of the easiest snack or appetizer with the goodness of ripe tomatoes, extra-virgin olive oil herbs like basil, topped on a grilled bread.
Prep Time10 mins
Resting time30 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Antipasto, Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Author: Swati

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Crusty bread like Ciabatta, any good sourdough bread or baguette
  • 3-4 Ripe Tomatoes
  • 4-5 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1-2 Garlic cloves
  • 1-2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Black Pepper(Crushed)
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Cut the loaf into slices around 2-3" thick. 
  • Cut tomatoes in half, deseed and cut into small pieces.
  • Add olive oil, finely chopped basil,black pepper. Add salt. If preparing the tomato beforehand then add salt at the time of serving.
  • Grill the bread slices till light golden brown. Rub garlic on one of the sides. Or add a tsp of garlic powder to oil and brush on one side.
  • Add topping and serve immediately. I also added some fresh herbed goat cheese. You can add cheese of your choice or add only tomatoes.

Notes

  • Fresh Mozzarella cheese is most popular topping for Bruschetta. Goat Cheese, fresh Ricotta or Mascarpone can also be used for the toppings.
  • Add finely chopped bell peppers, olives, avocado .
  • Herbs like Thyme, Oregano, Cilantro. Yee, I use Cilantro/fresh coriander leaves many times and we love the fresh taste that imparts to tomato topping.
  • Many like to add  finely chopped onions. Add sweet red onions, else it can spoil your bruschetta.
  • Add some fruit flavoured Balsamic Vinegar for the fruity kick!!
  • Top it with cheese grill till the cheese melts. Kids love this pizza version of bruschetta.