Tuesday, 4 June 2013

You had me at Bruschetta

Bruschetta brings back memories of the yearly holidays to Italy when I was younger and one thing Italian's always get right - food! Bruschetta is an amazing antipasti to share with fellow food lovers but it is also filling enough to have as a lighter main too. I went for the typical topping of tomatoes, onion and basil and threw a little mozzarella on a few bits for good measure. I also like to make this with aubergine and courgette and roasted peppers with goats cheese. You really can adapt this recipe to your own taste and mix up the toppings for some really tasty results. 

All you need:
A Crusty Loaf - a Sourdough is perfect
10-12 tomatoes, chopped up
1 Onion, diced
1 Garlic Clove, cut in half
2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar (can substitute for white wine vinegar)
Oil to drizzle
A handful of Basil
Mozzarella (optional)

Honestly this recipe is really, really simple - I start by prepping everything - slice the loaf, chop the tomatoes, dice the onion - mix the tomatoes, onions, most of the basil, balsamic/WWV a dash of oil in a bowl.

Stick the grill on at a medium to low heat and pop your sliced sourdough on a baking tray with a drizzle of oil over each slice - lightly grill both sides. When slightly toasted, rub the sliced side of the garlic clove onto the bread.

Place back underneath the grill for a minute or two - make sure the bread doesn't toast too much.

Spoon your topping onto each slice of bread and add a little extra basil to the top.

Put back underneath the grill to soften the topping - I'd recommend 4 or 5 minutes.

If you're using mozzarella, slice it to a 2-3cm thickness and pop on top of your topping and grill until melted.

It's a similar principal if you're using different toppings. With the aubergines I would definitely recommend pre-cooking for a few extra minutes in the microwave as it can be a really tough vegetable so needs a helping hand!

See, so simple to create an authentic Italian appetiser. Have a go and see what you think! You won't regret it!

N xo

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