Bruschetta is an appetizer in the United States, in its Italian cuisine roots, it part of the traditional first course of a formal meal.
The dish in its simplest form is grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with chopped peeled tomatoes, extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt, and fresh ground black pepper.
A baguette of French, Italian, or other crusty bread is a typical starting point. The bread is sliced thin, often at a bias or angle to create long, slender pieces, and toasted until golden brown.
A clove of peeled raw garlic is rubbed over the surface of the toasted bread to impart the slightest of garlic flavor.
Of course there are dozens of ways to achieve toasted bread slices including on the grill, baked in the oven, under the broiler, and using a toaster.
Extra-virgin olive oil should be used in any application where you really want to taste the oil and enjoy the delicious taste of fresh olives. Bruschetta is a dish that deserves extra-virgin olive oil. Brush the slices of prepared toast with olive oil or arrange your toppings on the toasted bread slices and drizzle olive oil over the top.
Season your bruschetta with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.
Bruschetta is a fun dish to be creative and create contemporary twists on the classic recipe. Straying from the traditional style, the possibilities are endless. Perhaps, it is no longer true bruschetta, but the imagination can run wild and some truly remarkable dishes can be created.
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Here are some of our favorite bruschetta recipes from around the food blogosphere:
Artichoke Bruschetta – at Love Grows Wild
Avocado Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction – at Damn Delicious
Baby Artichoke Bruschetta – at Jamie Oliver
Bruschetta – at The Pioneer Woman
Bruschetta – at Eat It and Say Yum
Bruschetta – at Memorie di Angelina
Bruschetta – at Simple Comfort Food
Bruschetta Bar – at What’s Gaby Cooking?
Bruschetta with Tomato & Basil – at Jamie Oliver
Caprese Bruschetta – at Simply Delicious Food
Cherry Tomato Bruschetta – at Pen and Fork
Classic Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze – at Jessica in the Kitchen
Easy Homemade Bruschetta – at Chef in Training
Grilled Bruschetta with Heirloom Tomatoes – at Marin Mama Cooks
Perfect Summer Tomato Bruschetta Recipe – at Summer Tomato
Roasted Fish Bruschetta – at A Spicy Perspective
Roasted Garlic and Tomato Bruschetta – at My Baking Addiction
Smashed Avocado + Tomato Basil Bruschetta – at Ambitious Kitchen
Tomato Bruschetta Recipe – at Inspired Taste
Tomato Bruschetta with Ricotta and Basil – at Sweet Peas Kitchen
Tomato, Peach & Avocado Bruschetta – at Love and Lemons
Warm Tomato and Mozzarella Bruschetta – at The Comfort of Cooking