If I'm honest there have been more than a few occasions where I've lost track of time because I was too busy pretending I was in Italy. If I'm even more honest, the whole time I was eating this I was pretending that I was in Italy. Which is impressive given that I was eating this whilst wearing several jumpers, looking out of my window at the gray, windy and wet day outside. There's something magical about food that is able to transport you across the world, and for me, this is one of those dishes. Plus, it's super easy and quick to make! Always a plus!
Bread - (sour dough, ciabatta, or a baguette are all good choices)
a good handful of tomatoes,
a red onion (skip if you're not into raw onion),
a clove of garlic
a handful of fresh basil leaves
Start warming a griddle pan (or your grill, if you don't have a pan), slice your bread around 1.5 cm thick and place on to the griddle pan to grill (I find a medium heat best so you can leave it to grill whilst preparing your topping)
Prepare the topping by slicing your onion, tomatoes (you can remove the seeds if you like but I'm not too fussed), and basil leaves (hang on to a couple for decoration, if you're feeling fancy!), add some salt and pepper and a glug of olive oil
Keeping an eye on the bread and turning it over once the bottom side is browned, peel and chop your clove of garlic in half, brush the bread with the garlic once it is toasted on both sides and renove from the heat
Assemble your masterpiece! Bread, add the toppings, some more olive oil if you fancy, and some basil leaves on top.
Eat, enjoy, savour + allow yourself to be transported away to Italy!
My spies tell me that there are lots of other amazing toppings for bruschetta; do you have any recommendations?Let me know in the comments below!