Italian bruschetta

Our dear friends, Nancy and Richard, went to Italy last summer to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary! While they were there, they arranged to take a cooking class. One of the recipes they learned was Italian bruschetta. Since then, Nancy has made this for us, and I have made it several times as well. It’s delicious every time! Of course, I updated my version with a few of Melissa’s Modifications.

Stay tuned for the rest of the month as well. We’ll focus on easy and delicious appetizers.

To Healthy Eating,

Melissa

Italian Bruschetta

There's nothing like a delicious tomato bruschetta on a piece of crusty rustic bread! It's so very good as a starter.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizers/Starters
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf Crusty or Rustic Bread Cut into thick slices.
  • 1-2 cloves garlic Make into a garlic paste.*
  • 3-4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large Tomatoes Ripe and juicy.
  • 1 small bunch Fresh basil Tear into pieces.
  • Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese or Parmesan cheese Optional.
  • 1 pinch salt As needed.

Instructions
 

  • Dice the tomatoes and put in a bowl. Add the torn basil leaves.
  • *Chop garlic. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on top, then smear the salt into the garlic with the flat side of a knife until a paste is created and the juices have released from the garlic.
  • Add garlic paste to the tomato mixture.
  • Add pinch of salt and pepper along with 3-4 Tbsp. of olive oil. Mix together well. Let the mixture marry for 5 minutes or so.
  • Slice the bread, and grill on both sides until both sides are crusty but soft enough in the middle.
  • Grate fresh garlic on the bread.
  • Scoop tomato mixture onto the bread. Garnish with fresh basil as desired.

Notes

Melissa's Modifications:  This is a simplistic and easy recipe to prepare and serve. As a modification to this recipe, I have added fresh mozzarella or parmesan on the top, then broiled for a few minutes to melt the cheese before serving. If you do not eat dairy, use Violife plant-based cheeses. They are great alternatives. You can also make a cashew-nut-based ricotta cheese. The recipe is featured in my "Tasty Vegan Lasagna" recipe (posted last year in March).
Nutritional Values: 1 Serving - 123 Calories; 9g Fat; 3g Carbs; 1g Fiber; .8g Protein
With Added Violife plant-based cheese: 137 Calories; 10.2g Fat; Sodium 36.4mg; 3.9g Carbs; 1g Fiber; .8g Protein
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