A quick tangy starterBruschetta(pronounced as brusketta) is an easy and popular italian starter. It has acquired local flavours like addition of chillis, soya sauce and a variety of herbs. Some serve bruschetta on semi soft toasted bread, soft bread or crispy bread. Personally, I prefer crispy crunchy bread. Add the chopped vegetables onto the bread slices just before serving or keep it in a separate bowl and let your guests help themselves. Use ciabatta, french loaf or any bread (not sweet bread) with medium slices.
10 - 12 pieces
10 - 12 slices of bread
2 large tomatoes
1 small onion
10 olives black or green or mixed
1tsp dried herbs or 2tbsps fresh herbs chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3tbsps olive oil
extra olive oil for drizzling on the slices
1 clove of garlic, peeled
- Drizzle the bread slices with olive oil. Spread it out with a pastry brush. Toast the bread slices for 7-10 minutes or so under a hot grill or broiler.
- Chop the tomatoes finely. Make sure you remove the pulp and seeds. Can use that for soup or gravy.
- Chop the onion finely.
- Chop the olives.
- Mix the tomatoes, onions, olives and herbs in a serving bowl. Add the pepper and olive oil. Mix well. Add the salt just before serving otherwise the salad will become watery.
- Rub the garlic on each slice. Top with the chopped vegetables and serve immediately.
- Add chopped green chilli for a different taste.
- Boiled red kidney beans can be added.
- Can add tiny cubes of cheese-- feta, parmesan, cheddar etc.
- Tastes good with fresh basil or oregano.
- Toast the bread on a hot pan if you don't want to use the broiler or grill.
- An excellent accompaniment to a plain soup.