Galganov's Free, Easy Recipe for Bruschetta!
To make this Bruschetta recipe you will need:
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The required ingredients for this Bruschetta recipe are (This recipe is based on 1/2 lb (225 g) of tomatoes - adjust ingredients as needed):
Preheated to 375oF (190oC) if preparing hot
IF preparing hot bruschetta, continue to Method II
The Background Story
Bruschetta, by definition, is on toast, however, it is found in so many ways today that nothing is really the wrong way ... unless you don't like the taste!
Here are the givens: bruschetta is not bruschetta if it isn't on bread in some form. Bruschetta is not bruschetta if there is no tomato and basil on it (tomato and basil are lovers - they belong together!) ... and, then, is Italian food - Italian food without olive oil and garlic?
So, at it's most basic, bruschetta is toasted garlic bread with tomato and basil. Beyond that, it may be served any number of ways - with a bit of cheese on it, or olives or what ever flavours you like best.
We choose not to use toasted garlic bread. Rather, we favour a Basic, Italian White Bread. We, then, make a topping and put it on the bread (untoasted). A joy cold, celebrating fresh tomatoes and basil leaves, it is equally wonderful hot.
In this case, we will put the entire concoction, on the bread, into the oven to fire. This particular bread is chosen because it has no competing flavours. Every bite is a rich and satisfying mouthful of summer. This simple loaf readily accepts flavours of the topping - adopting them as its own! Sometimes we will even drizzle a little extra olive oil over the topped bread - washing the flavours down into the bread slices.
While some may prefer a French Bread we prefer the less salty, less crusty, more absorbent texture of the basic Italian white bread.
When served hot, some cheese may also be added. We favour a few strips of caciocavallo but a bit of mozarella with some grated parmigiano reggiano ... or simply a bit of your favourite grated parmesan is very nice too!
Now go enjoy your bruschetta adventure!