1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 clove crushed garlic
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
4 slices of Italian bread cut 1/2 inch thick
salt & pepper to taste
2. In a bowl mix the tomato, onion, garlic, basil, 3 tablespoons of olive oil and vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Place the slices of Italian bread in a broiler or toaster oven until lightly browned. Remove and brush the remaining olive oil on one side of the bread.
4. Place the bread back in the broiler or toaster oven until the bread becomes crisp and crunchy. Remove and add the tomato mixture on top of each slice.
5. Serve either warm or cold.
Bruschetta (Italian pronunciation: [brusˈketta] is an antipasto from Italy whose origin dates to at least the 15th century. It consists of roasted bread rubbed 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, or cheese; the most popular recipe outside of Italy involves basil, fresh tomato, garlic and onion or mozzarella. Bruschetta is usually served as a snack or appetizer. 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 Italian, bruschetta is pronounced [brusˈketta]. In English-speaking countries it is sometimes pronounced /bruːˈskɛtə/, which more closely resembles the Italian pronunciation, and sometimes the pronunciation is anglicized as /bruːˈʃɛtə/, even though in Italian the digraph <ch> is always pronounced /k/, and therefore the three-letter sequence <sch> is always pronounced /sk/. The noun bruschetta is from the Roman dialect verb bruscare, meaning ‘to roast over coals’.
Following a semantic shift, some Americans use the word bruschetta to refer to the topping instead of the dish. Many grocery store chains in the United States sell bottled “bruschetta,” which is typically tomatoes, onion, garlic, and herbs.