January 13, 2021
There's a saying in Italy. "Molise non esiste." Molise doesn't exist. It's a running joke among Italians to pretend Molise doesn't exists due to its…Read This Post
Bruschetta (pronounced brew-SKET-uh, not brew-SHET-uh) is easily found in restaurants throughout the United States and Europe, but often what you are served outside Italy bears little resemblance to the real thing. (For example, if the topping is some form of tomato sauce, it is not real bruschetta!) Discover the real thing, bruschette di pomodoro e basilico (Tomato and Basil Toasts), with this easy recipe from Chef Giancarlo.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time : 5 minutes
Cook method: Grill
1. Wash the tomatoes and chop into small cubes.
2. Place the chopped tomato in a bowl and season with salt, pepper, olive oil, minced garlic, and basil (torn into small pieces).
3. Cut the bread into slices about 3 inches in diameter and ½ inch thick.
4. Toast the sliced Tuscan bread (or country loaf), under the grill or charcoal oven until brown on both sides.
5. For extra garlic flavor, rub the remaining clove of garlic on the toast before topping it with the tomato mixture.
Chef’s tip: Be sure to tear the basil instead of chopping, as chopping blackens the leaves.
Try pairing the bruschetta with an excellent Italian red wine.
Of course, many other countries have long culinary traditions including bread and tomatoes. Case in point? Spain’s delicious tomato bread!
By Peg Kern
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