Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tomato, Mozzarella And Basil Bruschetta


Bruschetta is grilled bread seasoned with garlic and topped with extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Variations may include toppings of spicy red pepper, tomato, vegetables, beans, cured meat, and/or cheese; the most popular American recipe involves basil, fresh mozzarella, and tomato. Bruschetta is usually served as a snack or appetizer. This dish is popular all over the world, although it originated in Italy.
(Source: Wikipedia)

I had a few of these for breakfast the other day. As with most things
Italian that I make, this one too is a recipe from my favorite Food Network chef, Giada De Laurentiis’ kitchen.

1 tomato, chopped
A good handful of fresh basil
2 garlic cloves
Olive oil
A loaf of Italian bread, sliced 1-inch thick
Fresh mozzarella, sliced ¼ inch thick

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In the bowl of a food processor, add chopped tomato pieces, basil leaves, 1 garlic clove and olive oil. Pulse a couple of times to get a coarse, but somewhat chunky mixture. Season with salt and pepper.

On a baking sheet lined with foil, line up bread slices. Toast in oven for about 5 minutes or until light golden brown. Working quickly, rub the garlic clove on each slice and then lay a piece of mozzarella cheese on top. Sprinkle a little salt on each slice. Place bread back in oven and melt cheese slightly. Remove from oven and spread one tablespoon of the tomato mixture on each piece. Serve warm.


17 Burps:

Anonymous said...

Wow...this looks fantastic! I too love Giada's recipes :) This looks very colourful and summery!

Prathibha said...

Love it....My Breakfast r dinner sometimes..

Asha said...

Mini Pizza and easy too! :)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Tomato Bruschetta looks yummy looks just like the ones served at the restaurant... Slurrp!!!

Lisa said...

This looks delicious. I haven't made Bruschetta for a while, but now I am craving it.

Purnima said...

TBC, lovely n simple recipe! Tks for sharing!

Vani said...

Lovely clicks and beautiful colors, TBC!

Shreya said...

love the combo :-) Wish I could have some!

Rajitha said...

you have been cooking up a storm! each recipe looks better than the next...of course my fav has to be the brownie....but every darn thing looks too good....

Rajitha said...

btw. did you finaly see giada's baby on her show...adorable and chubby right!

A_and_N said...

I love brushchetta. So versatile no? Have you tried topping them with eggplant - roasted with some nuts? THey are brilliant.

TBC said...

Homecooked- thanks.:D
Yeah, Giada's recipes are so simple and easy that it's really hard to go wrong! :)

Pratibha- I do that all the time, especially with cereal. It gets me thro' many a lazy night.:D

Asha- It IS as easy as it gets.:D

Ramya- what a nice compliment! thank you.:D

Lisa- thank you.:D

Purnima- thanks! :D

Vani- thank you.:D

Shreya- you can! it takes less than 15 minutes and it's so simple! Go make it now.:D

Rajitha- thank you! you ARE sweet! :D
So you have the house to yourself now?
Yeah, I saw Giada's baby on yesterday's show. She is a cutie pie.:)

A & N- I actually have done that. I also made another batch of bruschettas topped with eggplant caponata when I made these. Will post soon.:)
How's the diet going?

Nags said...

So simple and tasty no? :)

Divya Vikram said...

Great appetizer! They look too good!

TBC said...

Nags- simple, yes! :D

Divya--thank you. :)

Anonymous said...

Delicious! Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!
I made my own Italian bread and ate it all fresh (added a little fresh spinach, too) and it was great.

TBC said...

Anon- glad you liked it.:)

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