How to Make Bruschetta

How to Make Bruschetta

The best appetizers (in our book) are those that are multi-functional. With such an affordable starting point (the bread), varying up your bruschetta toppings makes for the perfect addition to any menu.

How to Make Bruschetta

The best appetizers (in our book) are those that are multi-functional. With bruschetta, there are so many simple bruschetta toppings you can add to this toasted bread to completely transform the appetizer (traditionally bruschetta means grilled bread with some garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper). With such an affordable starting point (the bread), varying up your toppings makes for the perfect addition to any menu.

The Bread

For starters, we recommend that you learn to cut your bread just under a ½ inch thick slice. We’ve found that, if the bread is any thicker, there is the potential that the bread will become a bit too chewy/crunchy and not so great (the kind that could cut the roof of your mouth).  With a thinner slice of bread, the bread will retain its ability to hold its toppings, but will not be quite so chewy.

Recipes

Speaking of the bruschetta toppings, many people think of bruschetta as the perfect vehicle to hold a basil, tomato, olive oil and garlic mixture. This bruschetta recipe is a great one because you can mix your ingredients the night before, chill and then place the mixture on top of your bread.  It is actually tastier if you do make this mixture ahead of time – let the flavors combine.  And while this is certainly an easy recipe to create, there are so many other options to consider. (Note: you could make bruschetta with cherry tomatoes too.)

Another perfect topping for your bread is Hummus. We have a very easy recipe (that’s on the healthier side) that will surely impress.  Consisting of chickpeas, olive oil, fresh parsley, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and kosher salt, this topping is also quite affordable.  The “secret” to this is the cayenne pepper – people will not expect it.  (Note: cayenne pepper hits you in the back of your mouth, and because of this, you don’t immediately recognize that there is kick to your hummus.)

homemade hummus with lemon and cayenne

A third option among our bruschetta recipes (and perfect in the late spring/early summer) is our asparagus slaw and a smear of goat cheese. Yet another affordable recipe, the ingredients include: asparagus, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon, almonds, salt and pepper, and goat cheese.  The crunch of the crisp asparagus, combined with the creamy goat cheese makes for a favorite bruschetta dish.

In the quick 45 second how to make Bruschetta video above, Caitlin offers you her simple how to instructions the next time you decide to make this easy appetizer. Coming from an Italian family who takes their food very seriously, Caitlin’s tip will hopefully provide you with the how to make bruschetta answers you are looking for.  This finger-food can dress up a plate, dazzle a guest and impress even yourself. We definitely hope that this has helped to guide your future bread-making/toppings decisions.

P.S. For those of you who know us, you just may get a kick out of this video (you’ll see why – Kelly just can’t contain herself).


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