Italian bruschetta recipe, a posh and tasty Italian starter for any occasion. It might look simple, but it’s heavenly flavourful and tasty.
Bruschetta is an Italian starter dish consisting of grilled bread that is rubbed with garlic and olive oil and there are various toppings you can choose from. The most famous one and most-loved must be the tomato topping, but other may include cheese of any type, peppers, black olives, basil, beans, cured meat and so on. It is all up to one’s taste and imagination, really.
Most Italian restaurants will have bruschetta as a starter dish or appetizer. Light, tasty and healthy, one can never go wrong with it. I opted for cherry tomatoes, red pepper, black olives and basil and I got a fantastic treat. Who said that tasty food has to be fancy or expensive? I absolutely adore this starter and am sure you will want to have a try, it’s so easy.
Since l mentioned restaurants, can you believe that bruschetta can be so expensive? I mean, after all it’s just a few slices of bread and veggies, and they charge anything from £5 up? Really? That’s a rip off, l let you know. With that money you can make some delicious bruschetta at home to feed the entire family, and the entire neighbourhood perhaps. I might be exaggerating, but still.
You can use any kind of bread for your bruschetta, there’s no right or wrong here. If you want to prepare it in advance, I would have all the ingredients cut up and stored in the fridge, and the bread slices baked, so that all you need to do before serving is assemble it. In this way, they will still look as great as they taste. Pair them with a nice aubergine spread, and you have a nice and healthy combo to rock any party.
- 4 slices of baguette
- 100 g cherry tomatoes (1 cup)
- 1/2 red pepper
- a handful of black olives
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 spring onion
- 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- basil to decorate
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (390 degrees Fahrenheit).
Crush the garlic clove and rub each side of the baguette slices.
Drizzle some olive oil on top and bake for about 5-10 minutes until the baguette slices are crispy.
Transfer to a plate and set aside to cool.
Meantime, cut and deseed the cherry tomatoes and red pepper and add them to a bowl.
Chop the spring onion finely and slice the black olives.
Mix everything together, season with fine sea salt and ground black pepper and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Use a spoon to top the baguette slices.
Decorate with fresh basil.