Bruschetta is an appetizer originating from 15th century Italy and is one of my favorite things to eat. Bruschetta was developed out of necessity as a way to salvage bread that was going stale. It traditionally consists of bread rubbed with garlic, then sprinkled with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. A variety of toppings have developed over the centuries and this recipe incorporates one of the more popular kinds outside of Italy. I loove to eat it as a snack and one of my favorite things to do is curl up with a good book, a plate of bruschetta and a cold drink. Yum!
- Handful of fresh basil or parsely
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Several cloves of garlic
- Handful of cherry tomatoes, chopped
- 1 red onion, finely chopped
- Balsamic vinegar
- Crusty bread cut into thick slices.
- Chop the basil or parsley, onion and tomato. Finely slice the garlic
- Combine ingredients in a bowl and add approx 2 tbs balsamic vinegar and 2-3 tbs extra virgin olive oil. Set aside and allow the ingredients to marinate.
- Brush the bread with extra virgin olive oil and rub with a garlic clove.
- Sprinkle the bread slices liberally with salt and pepper.
- Lightly toast the bread in the oven.
- Add the topping onto the toasted bread and serve.