Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bruschetta

Whee~ I'm so glad exams are over. Over and done with torture! Now I can have fun in the kitchen! Yippie! Finally I can try out those yummy recipes which I have encountered through out the semester!


First off, I'll start with bruschetta. Something that mum came up with in the first half of my semester. My first encounter of Bruschetta was during dinner in a quaint little Italian restaurant at Bandar Sg. Long.. Calabria Restaurant, was it? I've forgotten the name of the shop. It has been years since the restaurant closed down. Pity though... they served pretty good Italian food. I used to love their bruschetta, pizza and their signature pudding. I guess not many people there (at that time... when TAR college just opened) are fond of Italian dishes.

Bruschetta (bru' ket' ta) is an Italian food usually made out of grilled bread, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Bruschetta is easy to prepare and its many variations of ingredients makes it a good party platter, appetizer and as a snack. Variations may include toppings of spicy red pepper, tomato, cured meat, beans, vegetables, herbs and cheese. Here is a simple yet refreshing tasting vegetarian variation:

Bruschetta
1 loaf of French bread - sliced about 1 inch thick
Tomatoes - cut into small cubes
Lettuce of any kind - shredded
1/2 lemon - squeezed
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Place tomatoes and lettuce in a bowl. Drizzle on about 1-2 tsp olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Gently toss them till well mixed.
  2. Grill/toast the bread slices till golden and crispy. Remove from grill/oven.
  3. While bread is still hot, top each slices with the vegetable mixture and serve.


1 comment:

Bell said...

Bruschetta is yummilicious! After you toast the bread and before you put on the topping, you should rub a clove of garlic over it. Not the whole thing of course! Just rub the garlic on the hot toasted bread before you top it. Really makes a difference! ^_^