During another night in our Tuscan kitchen, we started our evening with some homemade bruschetta. Very simple, basic ingredients added up to a polished and well-received result.
Una Bruschetta Toscana
- Crusty baguette, sliced
- 4 ripe tomatoes, diced
- 1/4 cup freshly chopped basil leaves
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place the baguette slices on a cookie sheet, and drizzle with one tablespoon of olive oil. Bake for five minutes, or until golden brown.
Meanwhile, stir chopped tomatoes, basil, garlic, salt and pepper with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.
Top each baguette slice with a spoonful of the prepared topping. Serve immediately.
For a more decadent bruschetta, feel free to add some fresh mozzarella to the topping mix.
Ideally, enjoy outdoors, looking out on the tranquil countryside.
This is how I remember Italy: simple, beautiful, and delicious.
And the next time you make or order bruschetta, please impress your friends by pronouncing it correctly: Bru-sket-ta.