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Bruschetta ~ the instant Party Snack!

Hardly do I come across recipes that are quick, delicious and worthy of being featured in a Party menu & healthy. If it is a Party snack, one inevitably tends to use cheese or chocolate or deep fries in an attempt to make a fancy, universally liked dish. (or maybe it is just what we do!) But with this Bruschetta, I put an end to an era of deep fried party appetizers! Oh, I’m not claiming to have invented this dish. Bruschetta has been around forever. I’m just getting acquainted with it now! :) Bruschetta is an Italian antipasto (first course meal) and consists of a flavored grilled bread and may often include toppings such as tomato, basil, red pepper, beans, cheese etc. But here’s the thing about Bruschetta. There really is no ‘recipe’. Take any recipe as a guide to help you tailor a Bruschetta that you love. It can be an appetizer, a mid afternoon snack, a healthy mid-meal or even a salad! The Tomato-Basil combo is the most popular toppings for a Bruschetta.
If you have an open grill – lovely! Toast your bread on it to get the grill marks and a crunchy bread. But if not, you could just as well toast it in any griddle. I’ve tried 2 ways of toasting bread both of which take the same amount of time and effort (or the lack of it). You most definitely must try this dish! Not only does it take no efforts, it looks like a dish straight out from a five star restaurant! ;) Oh – and I didn’t use cheese. But feel free to use it if you want. This is really awesome because the topping can be prepared well ahead of time and refrigerated. In fact, chilled topping tastes amazing on a warm toasted Bruschetta.
Let’s get started. You could make it with a normal bread loaf, cut it into bread slices. But a you’ll have an authentic bruschetta if you use a long french baguette or french bread. I used the hot dog bun which worked just fine.

You could also use any kind of bread – whole-wheat, multigrain etc. Cut the bread at an angle to get long slices of bread.

Cut all the breads this way.

 

STEP I: Toasting the bread

Option 1: Toast on a open griddle / grill pan
Apply couple drops of oil on each side and place the slices on a griddle. If you have a pan with grill marks on it, use that. Let it toast on one side for 3-4 minutes on LOW-HEAT. Turn down the flame to the lowest possible mark to avoid burning and better crisping of the bread.

Turn each slice carefully & let it toast for another 3-4 minutes until it is crispy. Set aside until topping is ready.

 

Option 2: Grilling
If you have an open grill pan, grill in that. My oven comes with a grill function. Place the bread slices on the grill pan. Apply a few drops of oil on the top side.

Set the grill function in the oven for 4-6 minutes until the bread slices are crispy and golden brown. (a few of mine turned a bit more brown that what I would have liked. And that’s coz I grilled for 8 minutes.)

 

STEP II: The topping – make while the breads are grilling / toasting; OR you could make it well ahead of time and refrigerate it until use.
Slice the tomatoes in half, remove the inside flesh & skin out. It’ll turn the bruschetta soggy. (Don’t throw away the flesh. Eat it. Its healthy!) Cut into bite size pieces then.

In a mixing bowl, mix together – onions, tomatoes, minced garlic, green chilli (or chilli flakes)

Add parsley (or coriander), season with salt & pepper, oregano (optional) and finish off with a squeeze of lemon juice.

Mix everything well. Taste & check for seasoning.

 

STEP III: Finishing off
This is optional. But you can brush the top side of the bread slices with tomato ketchup. I did for some & loved it.

Place about 1 tablespoon of the topping on each bread slice (or as much topping as  you can keep without it falling from the bread)

Serve! If you’re doing this for a party, you can toast the bread & prepare the topping ahead of time. Just assemble before serving!

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Bruschetta with Tomato & Onions
 
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 10-15 bruschettas
Ingredients
  • 1 long French Baguette (or any regular bread will do)
  • Olive Oil (or any vegetable oil for toasting)
  • ½ cup finely chopped Onions
  • 2 tomatoes (read instruction on how to cut)
  • 2 TBsp chopped Parsley (or coriander leaves)
  • 1 tsp minced Garlic paste
  • Salt & Pepper (for taste)
  • 1 tsp Oregano (optional)
  • a squeeze of lemon juice (as per your taste)
  • Tomato ketchup (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cut the french bread or hot dog bun at an angle to get medium long bread slices. (skip if using regular bread)
STEP I: Toasting the bread
  1. Option 1: Toasting - Apply couple drops of oil on each side and place the slices on a griddle. If you have a pan with grill marks on it, use that. Let it toast on one side for 3-4 minutes on LOW-HEAT. Turn down the flame to the lowest possible mark to avoid burning and better crisping of the bread. Turn each slice carefully & let it toast for another 3-4 minutes until it is crispy. Set aside until topping is ready.
  2. Option 2: Grilling - If you have an open grill pan, grill in that. Many ovens come with a grill function. Place the bread slices on the grill pan. Apply a few drops of oil on the top side. Set the grill function in the oven for 4-6 minutes until the bread slices are crispy and golden brown.
STEP II: The topping - (make while the breads are grilling / toasting; OR you could make it well ahead of time and refrigerate it until use.)
  1. Slice the tomatoes in half, remove the inside flesh & skin out. It'll turn the bruschetta soggy. (Don't throw away the flesh. Eat it. Its healthy!) Cut the remaining into bite size pieces
  2. In a mixing bowl, add onions, tomatoes, minced garlic, green chilli (or chilli flakes), parsley (or coriander), season with salt & pepper, oregano (optional) and finish off with a squeeze of lemon juice.
  3. Mix everything well. Taste & check for seasoning.
STEP III: Finishing off
  1. This is optional. But you can brush the top side of the bread slices with tomato ketchup. I did for some & loved it.
  2. Place about 1 tablespoon of the topping on each bread slice (or as much topping as you can keep without it falling from the bread) & Serve
NOTE:
  1. If you’re doing this for a party, you can toast the bread & prepare the topping ahead of time. Just assemble before serving!

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{ 6 comments… add one }

  • priyankha February 13, 2013, 7:58 pm

    this is awesomeee i tried it for my recipe making competiotion in school and i ofcourse won it

  • Lynne January 25, 2013, 5:28 pm

    Good bruschetta is hard to beat! Yours looks amazing!

  • Amelia January 20, 2013, 1:04 pm

    Hi Kavi, thanks for sharing this appetizer, look awesome. Yours look very mouthwatering.

    Best Regards.

  • Sid January 18, 2013, 9:58 am

    Thank you for this easy snack!! I made it for a cocktail party yesterday and it was delicious!!

  • Runnergirlinthekitchen January 15, 2013, 8:31 am

    This is our all time fav entree when we are planning an Italian Menu!

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