("Bruschetta" - “Pani
Making bruschetta is an easy undertaking. The bruschetta is sliced Italian bread rubbed with
fresh garlic, drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with salt, placed on an oven rack and toasted until golden and
The word derives from the Italian bruscare or
abbrustolire meaning to toast or to roast.
In restaurants, and particularly
in the United States, the bruschetta has been upgraded and enriched.
The results are a variety of bruschette filled with a myriad of vegetables, meats, fish, and cheeses or, very
often a combination of these.
Therefore, the most important ingredient to make bruschetta is
fantasy and creativity and the necessary ingenuity to use what your pantry or your refrigerator can offer
Ingredients for the Basic Bruschetta
· 1 loaf of Italian bread, similar to a baguette
· 2 cloves of garlic
· ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
· Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Slice bread (about ½ inch) 20 to 24 pieces.
Rub each slice with garlic and brush with olive oil.
Place slices in a baking pan and toast until golden, 5 to 8 minutes.
Drizzle with remaining oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Make the bruschette and garnish with a teaspoon of any of the following
in a bowl ½ lb. diced tomato, ½ small red onion, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper. On each
piece, sprinkle grated ricotta salata or another grated cheese.
chopped mushrooms in olive oil and garlic or sauté your preferred vegetable chopped it and spread on top of
· Bottarga – Uovo di
salted tuna roe. Place a thin slice of bottarga on each bruschetta and drizzle with a few drops of olive
· Olives and Anchovies
Make a paste combining 12 pitted black olives, 3
anchovies, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper. Spread paste on each bruschetta and
garnish with ½ black olive.