This is a traditional Bruschetta requested at almost every party I go to. Make your own baguettes with an authentic Italian Ciabbata. You won’t be sorry. For a gluten-free option, serve the bruschetta over fresh mozzarella.
Bruschetta (Italian pronunciation: [bru-sket-ta] is an antipasto from Italy whose origin dates to at least the 15th century. It consists of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil, salt and pepper. Variations may include toppings of tomato, vegetables, beans, cured meat, or cheese; the most popular recipe outside of Italy involves basil, fresh tomato, garlic and onion or mozzarella.
In Italy, bruschetta is often prepared using a brustolina grill. In the Abruzzo region of Italy a variation of bruschetta made with a salami called ventricina is served. Raw pork products and spices encased in pig bladder are aged and the paste spread on open slices of bread which are sometimes grilled. This was a way of salvaging bread that was going stale. In Tuscany it is called fettunta and it is usually served without toppings, especially in November, to taste the very first oil of the season.
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Recipe from July 12, 2013 Cooking Class
* Items with Asterick can be purchased at Angelo's Italian Market - Venice, FL
Italian Lesson: Buona Sera = Good Evening
4-5 Ripe tomatoes, diced
3 tablespoon(s) minced garlic
1 cup(s) fresh basil
*1/2 cup(s) quality parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon(s) kosher salt
Dice the tomatoes, place in colander, cover with 1 tblsp kosher salt.
Let tomatoes sit for 1/2 hour to drain the water from them
Add garlic and parmesan cheese
Cut basil in thin strips
Reserve a few basil leaves to top the bruschetta if desired
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