Bruschetta (Italian pronunciation:brus ‘ket a) is an antipasto from central Italy whose origin dates to at least the 15th century. It consists of roasted bread rubbed with garlic and topped with extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Variations may include toppings of spicy red pepper, tomato, vegetables, beans, cured meat, and/or cheese; the most popular recipe outside of Italy involves basil, fresh tomato, garlic and onion or mozzarella. Bruschetta is usually served as a snack or appetizer.
After searching several recipes I decided to make my own version. I gathered my ingredients….
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar I added more to taste
- Salt and Pepper to desired taste
- Fresh Tomatoes Chopped
- Fresh Basil Stems removed and chopped
- Loaf of Italian or French Bread Sliced
- Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Sliced
- Preheat the oven to the broiler settingSpray a foil-lined cookie sheet with cooking spray.Mix the Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar in a bowl. Add the salt and pepper. Adjust all ingredients to taste.Add the chopped tomatoes and fresh chopped basil. Stir and set aside for about 10 minutes.Slice the bread into serving sizes. Top with a slice of mozzarella cheese.Place the bread on the prepared cooking sheet.Broil for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.Remove from oven and cooking sheet and place on serving plate.Use a slotted spoon to spoon the tomato mixture unto the melted cheese.
.(many folks like to use a baguette for their bread of choice but I prefer a softer bread. Many toast the bread before adding the cheese but again I did not want crunchy bread)
I did mine a bit differently from most of the recipes you find. I did stick with the Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar.
The recipe I used called for 1/4 cup of Olive Oil and 2 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar. It tasted more like oil than vinegar to me so I just kept adding the Vinegar until I liked the flavor. I also added salt and pepper to taste. Most folks add a bunch of garlic but I am not crazy about garlic.