A versatile and popular appetizer, the bruschetta is a simple recipe to create that can change completely depending on the ingredients used and the cooking methods. Below is the recipe for a simple bruschetta, as well as some tips on how to improve it.
- one baguette or Italian bread
- two garlic cloves
- six tomatoes
- eight basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon balsamic glaze
- extra virgin olive oil to taste
- black pepper to taste
- pinch of sea salt (preferably Maldon)
- half a cup of Parmesan cheese
1. Finely chop tomatoes into small, square pieces. Place it into a mixing bowl.
Tip: Mix up different types of tomatoes in order to change the flavor and color of the dish.
2. Mince garlic and mix it into tomatoes.
Tip: Garlic can also be made into a paste or preferably, (if your bread is warm) it can be rubbed against the bread so the flavor melts into it.
3. Add sea salt and pepper to the tomatoes. Let it sit at room temperature while you prepare the bread and the glaze.
4. Slice bread and place in a cookie sheet.
Tip: After slicing the bread, there are many ways to prepare it. You can either grill it for a smoky flavor, toast it in the oven at 475 for five minutes (or until golden brown) to make it crispy. Another alternative is to add mozzarella cheese slices on top while it is toasting.
5. Make the balsamic glaze. Here is a recipe that I swear by.
6. Top the bread with the tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. Broil for a minute, until the cheese begins to melt. Remove from oven, sprinkle some basil, and drizzle the olive oil and balsamic glaze.
Tip: You can get creative with your toppings, such as adding olives or goat cheese.
7. Serve and enjoy!