Bruschetta is a traditional Italian recipe that involves very simply cooking bread either on a barbecue grill or in the oven, then drizzling it with extra virgin olive oil and adding salt and pepper to taste.
Besides being a very simple and tasty appetizer, it is also a great way to taste the fresh-pressed extra virgin olive oil.
Usually the bread is rubbed with a clove of garlic before drizzling the oil atop, to make the original Italian garlic bread recipe!
If you want to have Bruschetta al Pomodoro (bruschetta with tomatoes), dice the tomato without the seeds, mix with olive oil, salt and pepper and ripped basil leaves. The basil should not be chopped with a knife or scissors as it will cause the basil to turn black (unless using a ceramic bladed knife).
You can rub the bread with garlic first for this recipe too. After all, garlic keeps even Italian vampires away too!
Sometimes in other areas of Italy, some people will use oregano instead of the basil, or even add some mozzarella to the mix.
And just how do you pronounce bruschetta? It’s like ‘brusketta’, since the Italian alphabet doesn’t have the letter k, so ‘ch’ is used instead to make the k sound.
As you can see from our photo, bruschetta is a great starter as it can be prepared quickly and easily so you can then focus on preparing other traditional Italian dishes.
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