Sunday, March 11, 2007

Tomato Bruschetta

Italian flavour, whether it is in food or music, always entices me. Bruschetta is a classic Italian appetizer (pronounced [brus'ket.ta] in Italian); slice of fresh country bread toasted with a nice rub of fresh garlic and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. There are lots of variations to bruschetta. A traditional bruschetta topping is a blend of fresh tomatoes and herbs and garlic with a bit of olive oil. This is a simple & colourful, easy to prepare appetizer as well as an afternoon snack too.

Ingredients (Approx.)
  • ½ loaf French bread
  • 2 red tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped + 1 whole clove
  • ¼ cup fresh basil chiffonades
  • 1 tbsp green spring onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp + 3tbsp Olive Oil
  • A pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • Salt to taste
  1. Cut the tomatoes and squeeze out the juice and seeds from it and finely dice them. Mix the tomatoes, garlic, basil chiffonades and spring onion and toss with 1½ tbsp olive oil and ground pepper and salt and blend well and leave it in room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour to let all the flavours combine well.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 F . Slice the bread diagonally with around ½ inch thickness and brush with olive oil and toast each side for around 2 mins or until the bread turns slightly golden.
  3. Cut the garlic clove in half and lightly rub garlic onto the toasted bread and spoon the mixture on the slices and serve immediately. The bread will get soggy if it is kept too long, so heap the topping just before serving. Serve with a glass of red wine and sorriso* :)
This is my entry for JFI - Tomato and thanks RP for hosting this month's JFI.

*Sorriso is Italian for smile :)

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  1. I have been wanting this recipe since the time I had it in a restaurant:) Thanks for sharing this recipe :)I am going to try it :)

  2. Good One and Perrfect for JFI. Did you see this month's JFI is Tomato ?

  3. Yummy!! I love them too,I made them for Xmas appetizers.Great photos:)

  4. Yummy,healthy too.Pictures are perfect as usual,How do u manage to get the black background?
    once I made Toast with tomato using baguette bread,But very very simple..Next time I will do ur Bruschetta...
    Njaan aale oru sambhavam aanelle..
    engane manasillaye enne pinne parayam...ethe yearla STC vittethe?

  5. Lovely Bruschettas...What is the serving platter you used in the picture? A woonden plank? Awesome presentation.

  6. lovely presentation. and guess what shn sweetie, this time u too have got that yellow tinge in ur pics;) he he he... did u use artificial light to take this pic?
    i love that wooden plank u used. makes it look rustic and beautiful.
    and sweetie...keep "Sorriso"ing;) he he he...

  7. Looks yummy! We are italian food lovers too.. Sorriso!(Smiling) hehehe

  8. hey thats an easy recipe.something like giada's. teach me somemore Italian recipes yarr!!

  9. Bruschetta's are one of my favorite Italian starters. One of the places I ordered them at baked these topped with a little cheese and they were really good that way. I'm going to try this out soon.

  10. lovely recipe...I have always liked Bruschettas. We had it on Saturday at East Side Marios! theirs are a little different though.


  11. It doesn't get much better than bruschetta with fresh garden tomatoes and good olive oil. I practically live off of it during the warm weather. Yours looks so lovely, I wish I had some right now.

    Sorrisos. :)

  12. I love them and often make them along with some fresh olives also..

    lovely presentation Shn...:-)

  13. Hi Mishmash! So simple and so divine, na? :) Hey, you probably know this, but if you don't want the bread to get soggy, you can always use sundried tomatoes (and toss a bit of rocket in balsamic vinegar + olive oil)! I love those, they have a more intense tomato flavour! Too bad they're quite oily, though..

  14. Wonderful recipe and nice photographs..I remember having finished an entire plate of brushettas, as it was the only veg thing available in a restaurant:-)

  15. hey mishmash ..
    we love italian food a lot mishmash ,r we allowed to know ur real name?
    the pics r realy good and i am glad i find a new blog..thanks for visiting my blog..

  16. A rustic presentation, tempting recipe - the best part is the simplicity of the bruschetta. Made me sorriso :)

  17. I love brusschetta and so does my hubby...this is one of ours fav appetizer. Good entry for the JFI

  18. I love brusschetta and so does my hubby...this is one of ours fav appetizer. Good entry for the JFI

  19. I am "soriss-oing" after seeing the change in the profile pic;)Hugs!

  20. Hmmm...looks great...Wonderful presentation..

  21. Archana, Glad that it helped someone and that someone is going to try.Let me know how it came out , Its very easy, cant go wrong even if you want to :)

    Sandeepa,Thanks dear, yes i knew about jfi and this was published with that in mind but then got confused a bit when I read that post is to be made on april 1st; anyway got it clarified with the host and she is accepting my entry too. Thanks a lot :)

    Asha, Thanks :) I fall in love with such simple dishes ;)

    Kitchenfairy, background engane kittiyenno..thats a trade secret..ennalum paranju tharam, treat cheytha mathee ;) oru karutha saree or a dhuppatta mathee, ellam sheriyakum, engane undu ente idea? nammale pole ullavarkkum jeevichu pokande alle :) hmm...kitchenfairy oru pulikkutti thanne :)

    Sig,I dont know if u can call that a serving platter, its acutually a basswood plank I bought for wood carving and I thought it will give a rustic look to the presentation;)Did u like it ?

    Sia,yes dear, yellow tinge is coz of the same reason...evening cooking and the tube light in the kitchen. I tried to reduce that by holding an umbrella in the second pic;) try that technique if u want :) I knew u will like the wooden plank, thats actually basswood plank I got for wood carving but still lying in my craft box along with its tools , (in the company of many other tools) untouched waiting for its turn :))Thought atleast I will use it for this purpose :)

    RP, yes, ur blog speaks for ur love for Italian food, how many dishes u have in there!

    Sharmi,hmm..let me see...not an expert on Italian cooking but will share whatever I know :)

    Priya, yes, cheese topping is very good, one of the common variations u see, u can use the same recipe and top it with cheese of ur choice and bake them until the cheese melts.Hope u try.

    Trupti,Thanks dear, u can find lots of variations for this recipe...make one which suits ur palate:)

    Susan,u re making me sorriso now :) When someone from an Italian family craves for some of my bruschetta, am flattered :) Thanks a lot :)

    Sushma,yes fresh olives is a great addition. Thanks :)

    Shilpa, thanks for that tip, I will keep that in mind if i need to prepare this in advance. More tips on french & italian food is welcome dear :) Merci beaucoup :)

    Swapna, Infact that was our dinner that day...;) though its an appetizer, its quite filling too right :) Thanks for all the compliments :)

    Maneka,Welcome to Mishmash! and so happy to hear all that nice comments :) real name....ahem.....I'll share it with u if keep it a secret ;))There is one more girl who shares my name in the blogosphere, so thought of using a nickname to avoid confusion :)

    Jyothsna, What I wanted was a rustic touch and when someone says the exact word looking at the presentation, what can make me sorriso more !! :)) Thanks, dear.

    Sri,Thanks a lot and do try it at home.

    Sumitha, with that comment, u made me sorriso dear :) Hugs from me too :)

    Usha,Thanks a lot dear :)

    Take Care & Good Day

  22. Hahaha - Njaanum karutha trayinthe background vechchu photos eduthu, ithuvayare aa photos post chaythitilla. Nalla trick aanu alle :) Kuttithe peru seema aanalle :) Guess how I know that! really hard to type malayalam in english!! :)

  23. Hi Shn, I'm no expert but would be very happy to give you whatever tips I know on French and Italian food! :) Just ask, ok! (you speak French, too?)

  24. adutha number Jyo nnte vaka, eni attume pidicho...Athum ente mathiri guess work anno...Treat cheyam ketto...Bimbis le fried rice um cauliflower manchurian mathiyo..

  25. Nice Blog and gud presentation...ur recipes luk great...

  26. One of my colleagues ordered Bruschetta when we went to Macaroni Grill for lunch yesterday and I loved how it looked. Her's was served with a thin slice of cheese on top. I am so glad you made these. I am definitely going to try it soon!

  27. hey very nice blog & recipes too.
    Thanks for sharing this :-)

  28. I have heard of bruschettas ... but haven't tried one.. ur picture looks great and lovely presentation too.Its tempting me to try this out soon.thanks.

  29. Jo & Fairy Lady,randu perum koode chernnulla aakramanam aanalle...nadakkatte, njan ningale pinne kandolam :)) hmm...evide ninnu bimbis-l pokan athra eluppam allallo...thalkkalam, Fairy lady nalla oru arabi dish padippichu thanna mathee :)

    Shilpa,heheh spoken french is still a dream for me but I 've learned French for 4 years, so can survive to the extent of reading a restaurant menu and filling my tummy :))

    Deepa hari, Thanks and Welcome to Mishmash! :)

    Hema, DO give a try,its very easy and yes, u can top it with any cheese of ur choice and keep it in oven until it melts.

    Dr.Aparna, Thanks and welcome to my blog :)

    Laxmi, Thanks !

    Prema Sundar,I hope u try this as this is one of the easiest and tastiest appetizers. Hope u like it too :)

    Take Care

  30. I am a die hard Italian fan. Bruchetta is one of my fave snacks and I try to make a a large variety of different flavors everytime. However, you reminded me the original and simplest one of all is always the best tasting one.


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