Simple is a beautiful virtue! Simple things like fresh bread, grilled and garnished with some of the modest ingredients, is an ode to Italy’s traditional Bruschetta.
Relish the authentic grilled Balsamic Bruschetta hot and crisp, enriched with garlic and anointed with olive oil; it is simply delicious. With the right ingredients, it’s impressively healthy with every slice.
What is Bruschetta Recipe?
What was once a food made by peasants, turned out to become of rich excellence, with credits to Italian ingredients.
An Italian appetizer, composed of grilled bread, garlic, and olive oil, is what Bruschetta is made of.
The olive oil that seeps into the bread balances the garlic punch and gives the bread that golden brown and crispy texture.
A Bruschetta on bread can be topped with combinations like tomatoes, vegetables, beans, meat, sausages, olives, mushrooms, and cheese.
The most popular among them are tomatoes, when adorned by basil beautifies the Bruschetta in appearance and flavour.
The beauty of a bruschetta lies in how good the bread is and how well pressed the olive oil is. What goes on top of the bread can be totally up to your imagination.
While the recipes created from then on have been versatile and varied, the traditional one is served hot off the grill.
Why should you try Balsamic Bruschetta?
- Bruschetta slices are easy to make party appetisers and is a no-fail recipe, where the toppings can be made well ahead of time and the toasted baguette slices or sour bread can be made a few hours in advance.
- It’s also a warm comfort food to have on a cold or rainy night.
- Bruschetta can be made interactive with your guests being able to choose their own toppings as you serve.
- It serves for a perfect healthy meal too, along with some salads and cheese.
ingredients & The notes:
- Bread – I have used sour bread slices.
- Tomato – Cherry tomato or grape tomato works fine for this recipe.
- Italian Basil – This gives you amazing flavor to the bruschetta. Make sure to Finley chop the basil leaves or chiffonade. Please don’t substitute with thai basil it has different aroma.
- Garlic – Fresh garlic serves the purpose, Finely mince the garlic.
- Balsamic vinegar – The dark flavors vinegar enhance the taste of bruschetta and complement well with tomato and basil.
- Seasonings – I have used chilli flakes, salt & pepper.
- Olive oil – Use extra virgin olive oil for unique and delicate taste.
Step By step instructions:
- Slice the cherry tomatoes into halves and take them in the bowl.
- To a small mixing bowl, add 1 olive oil, 1 teaspoon garlic, salt & pepper. Whisk to combine. Spread the mixture over the bread and grill the for 5 minutes. ( Photos 1 & 2)
- To a small pan, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil, add 1 teaspoon garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes. Stir fry for few seconds.(Photo 3)
- Add this to a cherry tomato. (Photo 4)
- Add balsamic vinegar, chopped Italian basil, salt, and pepper. (Photos 5,67)
- Toss everything together. (Photo 8)
- Spoon cherry tomato onto grilled bread, top with basil, and serve. (Photo 9, 10)
- Fresh Tomatoes from off your garden or the ones kept at room temperature give the better flavour
- If you are choosing a normal tomatoes ( not cherry or grape).Make sure to scoop out the juice and seeds of the tomatoes, or else it will make the bruschetta soggy
- The fire should be medium hot, so that the bread gets the perfect charred/grilled texture; if not bake at high heat (450 degrees F) until it is crisp
- Whatever toppings you use, ensure it is of high quality and of fresh ingredients to pay tribute to this simple recipe.
- Grilling the bread gives that needed smoky flavour, if not possible, toast it.
- The bread is best brushed with olive oil and lightly toasted and rubbing the fresh garlic on the toasted/grilled bread gives that perfect bite.
- Oil on the bread on both sides helps acts as a barrier between the juicy toppings and the bread, to prevent the bread from becoming soggy
- The longer the bruschetta marinates, the flavourful it is.
If you crave for a little more tanginess, drizzle a little bit of balsamic vinegar on the bruschetta. It accentuates the flavours even more.
If you have leftovers, you can store them in a sealed container and refrigerate them or you can even freeze them.
But Bruschetta is best eaten fresh, so try adding the stored ones to sauce, soups, stews, or over grilled chicken.
Bruschetta is a healthy meal with fresh toppings loaded with vitamins. The unsaturated fats in olive oil help in lowering your levels of bad cholesterol and the garlic, which has a ton of health benefits, helps boosts your immune system.
To make it digestion-friendly, you can use whole grain baguette or a rustic loaf.
When using tomatoes that are low in calories, this will help in improving heart health and lowering levels of bad cholesterol, as it contains lycopene, an antioxidant.
Frequently asked questions:
- What is the best choice of bread for Bruschetta recipe?
A Baguette or sour bread where the toppings won’t easily fall off.
- What is the best quality of oil for Bruschetta ?
Extra-virgin or Italian.
- What are the best tomatoes used to top a Bruschetta?
Bruschetta loves any juicy and fresh variety of tomato.
- What is Bruschetta best paired with?
It is best paired with a glass of wine.
- Can you use any other base instead of baguette?
Yes, you can try on any bread or crackers.
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