I love Bruschetta. It’s one of those fancy and elegant appetizers, yet it is really simple to make and most people have the ingredients on hand. Bruschetta is perfect as an appetizer or party tray. We actually had these two nights in a row, but both nights it was different. Here is how I made it.
- Baguette, sliced
- 6 roma tomatoes, diced
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced + 2-3 cloves whole
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, or regular olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp dried basil (I use dried because I like to use cilantro)
- goat cheese crumbles (optional)
- red onions, diced (optional)
- garam masala, for sprinkling (optional)
- chaat masala, for sprinkling (optional)
In a bowl, combine all ingredients tomatoes through basil. Stir and cover. Let sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes, or you can serve immediately.
While the bruschetta toppings are marinating, make the bread. Put the oven to broil. Put the baguette slices in the oven, and bake until golden, around 2-3 minutes. Let cool. Taking the whole garlic clove, rub all over the top of the bread slices.
Put the tomato mixture on top of the bread slices, top with goat cheese crumbles, and serve! Easy peasy.
For those of you wanting a little twist on Bruschetta, add chopped red onions. Once tomato mixture is places on the bread, sprinkle with a little garam masala and a little chaat masala!