Sometimes, the simple things in life are the best.
Take these bruschetta’s for example. Dress ‘em up, dress ‘em down. Make them spicy, or give them a Meditteranean feel. Add red onion, olives, preserved lemon and chilli. Some shopped thyme, a squeeze of lime. Make each bite a sensation.
Here’s how to begin:
Dice a bunch of tomatoes – make sure they are as colourful as possible: red, green, orange, yellow, dark red/purple etc.
Place in a bowl, add a splash of olive oil, sea salt and pepper.
Tear up some basil leaves, and if desired, add some chopped capers, de-pipped olives, red onion and red pepper flakes. Mix well and let sit.
Light the grill and brush some olive oil on both sides of some sliced sour dough bread.
Grill until lightly toasted on both sides.This can also be done in the oven under the broiler/grill.
BE VERY CAREFUL AS IT CAN BURN VERY EASILY- always watch it from start to finish. It will only take a few minutes.
And here is the magic step to delicious bruschetta: As it comes off the grill / out of the oven, rub a clove of peeled garlic over one side of each slice of grilled bread, using 2 cloves if necessary for the whole loaf. It will ‘melt’ into the bread.
Place the toasted bread on a platter or two and spoon the tomato mixture onto each slice.
Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary…adding a little more coarse sea salt and black pepper.
Garnish with some fresh parsley (torn or chopped into smaller pieces),and sliced mozzarella or buratta cheese if desired.
Cut each slice into two for easier handling.
Squeeze half a lemon over bruschetta, this finishes it off and helps to bring all the flavours together.
Enjoy with a lovely glass of chilled white wine, or rose.
After all, what could be more simple, or more delicious!