Holiday Appetizers 101: Traditional Bruschetta.
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Who doesn’t love a slice of toasted french bread with olive oil, garlic, cheese and tomatoes?
Ok, I mean besides that size 2 skirt hanging in your closet.
There are so many variations of bruschetta, and this one can be made in under 30 minutes.
I chop the tomatoes coarsely, and the garlic finely.
I use French bread. I think it is best to use day-old bread. Regardless, it is going to get toasty!
(and if you don’t use it all, you can dip the rest in olive oil mixed with spices and parmesan cheese. but shhh. I didn’t tell you that.)
Make sure to slice it into nice, even, thick slices.
And brush with a bit of olive oil for toasting purposes. And flavor purposes.
And eating purposes. And buying-new-pants purposes.
I mix the tomatoes and garlic together, spoon a bit on the bread, and add a touch of cheese.
I bake it like this, and when it comes out of the oven, I add a bit more fresh tomato and garlic on top.
Sometimes, I also broil this, but unless you can watch the oven like a hawk, I do not suggest it. It is too easy to ruin the entire batch of bruschetta because it caught on fire under the broiler while you were rushing to dry your hair, make 6 new appetizers since the dog ate them straight off the table, and keep your kids from beating each other with Wii controls.
Oh wait, that isn’t you?
It isn’t me either.
But I have a feeling someday it will be.
The bruschetta is warm, toasty, and cheesy, and adding the cold tomato and garlic gives it a really nice bite.
1 loaf of french bread, cut into 1-inch slices
1/2 cup olive oil
3 roma tomatoes, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400.
Mix chopped tomatoes and garlic in a bowl.
Arrange bread slices on a large baking sheet. Brush each slice with olive oil. Top with a spoonful of the tomato and garlic mixture. Add a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese on top.
Bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes, or until bread has toasted. Watch carefully!
Once removed from oven, top each slice with a bit more tomato-garlic mix, some sea salt, and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.
This is a simple, traditional appetizer that most people will enjoy. If you have guests that do not like chunks of garlic, you can just sprinkle a bit of garlic powder on the bread. Easy peasy!
I’m so glad you guys are enjoying the appetizer segment. There are lots more to come. :)