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Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Basil

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Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Basil

Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Basil

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To make perfect bruschetta, you must start with crusty country loaves that will yield large slices. As for thickness, about 1 inch provides enough heft to support weighty toppings and gives a good chew. This is the classic bruschetta, served with fresh tomatoes and basil. You can substitute other herbs for the basil, such as thyme or oregano. And see the bottom for 10 More Bruschetta Toppings.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe medium tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/3 cup shredded fresh basil leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • One 12-by-5-inch loaf country bread, sliced crosswise 1 inch thick, ends removed
  • 1 large clove garlic, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Preparation:

1. Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, preheat a gas grill to medium, or preheat the broiler.

2. In a medium bowl, mix the tomatoes, basil, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

3. Grill or broil the bread until golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Place on a large platter, rub the garlic over the tops, and then brush with the oil.

4. Using a slotted spoon, divide the tomato mixture among the toast slices. Serve right away.
 

More Bruschetta Toppings

The toppings for bruschetta can be as humble or as luxurious as you like. The only rule you should follow is that that whatever goes on top should look fresh and nice. Here are a few additional topping ideas:
• Marinated vegetables, such as bell peppers, artichokes and zucchini
• Fresh soft, cheeses such as goat and mozzarella
• Boccocinni, marinated fresh small mozzarella balls
• Cooked and flaked crab or lobster meat
• Grilled shrimp or bay scallops
• Grilled vegetables
• Olive tapenade
• Marinated white beans and herbs
• Horseradish spread and thinly sliced roast beef
• Fig spread and goat cheese

 

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