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Bruschetta is a light Italian appetizer. I first tasted it when we went to Olive Garden Restaurant and just fell in love with its simple ingredients and its fresh flavors. Usually Italian bread is grilled with some extra virgin olive oil till nice and crunchy and is rubbed with a garlic clove. Then this crunchy bread is topped of with a mixture of tomato, red onion, basil, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. It’s simple but ultimate satisfying.
There are different ways of making bruschetta, some add cheese and different kinds of peppers. But the classic way is with the ingredients which I mentioned above.
A loaf of Italian bread
• Red Plum tomato- 6 to 7
• Red onion- 1 ½ tbsp chopped finely
• Small yellow or green bell pepper – 2 tbsp chopped fine (optional)
• Fresh basil- 2 tbsp
• Extra virgin olive oil- 2 tbsps
• Small garlic clove- 1
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• Dry Italian seasoning- 2 pinches (optional)
Combine all the above ingredients except for bread and let it sit for ten minutes. This helps the tomato to release some of its juices and get incorporated with the others ingredients.
Mean while cut the bread into half inch slices, apply extra virgin olive oil on to it and grill both sides. You can also use a toaster oven to toast the bread. Once toasted, remove and rub it with a garlic clove. Then put the tomato mixture on top of the bread and enjoy this light snack.