Appetizing and Delectable- Bruschetta Recipe
I love Bruschetta, the tinge of olive oil, the aroma of basil, the freshness of tomatoes leaves one craving for more. Served as brunch on a Sunday morning, they make perfect appetizers. Icing on the cake….your husband makes them to perfection for you! :-)
Time for preparation- 10 minutes
Time to toast less than 10 minutes
Serves 4-5 as an appetizer
- 5 or 6 ripe tomatoes (~300 gms)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (We used garlic flavoured bread so I did not add garlic)
- 1.5 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped (alternatively dried basil)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper & oregano to taste
- 1 baguette French bread or any bread of your choice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Cheese (optional)
Prepare the tomatoes first. Chop the tomatoes finely.
Turn on the oven to ~ 230 C(450°F) to preheat. Now while the oven is heating, put tomatoes, garlic, 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, vinegar in a bowl and mix. Add the chopped basil. Add salt, oregano and pepper to taste.
Slice the baguette or the bread on a diagonal about 1/2 inch thick slices. Coat one side of each slice with olive oil or butter. Now spread the topping prepared above on the bread. And then grate cheese evenly over the bread (optional)
Once the oven has reached 450°F, I placed the tray of bread slices in the oven on the middle rack. Toast for ~ 8 minutes, until the bread just begins to turn golden brown.
Alternatively, you can toast just the bread (olive side up) and then either place the tomato topping in a bowl separately with a spoon for people to serve themselves over the bread, or place some topping on each slice of bread and serve. If you top each slice with the tomatoes, do it right before serving or the bread may get soggy.
Once done, munch away ;-)