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Bruschetta

Updated: Jun 16


Bruschetta, a dish with roots deep in the heart of Italy, originally began as a humble way to celebrate the first press of the olive harvest. Farmers would toast bread over open fires, rub it with raw garlic, and top it with fresh, sun-ripened tomatoes and a generous drizzle of olive oil.



This traditional antipasto has evolved over the years, but its essence remains a celebration of simplicity and fresh flavors. My take on bruschetta includes slow-roasted cherry tomatoes and a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar, adding a depth of flavor that transforms the classic into something even more special.



Slow-roasting the cherry tomatoes intensifies their natural sweetness and adds a rich, almost caramel-like taste that pairs beautifully with the crisp, garlic-rubbed sourdough toast. The reduced balsamic vinegar offers a tangy contrast that highlights the tomatoes' robust flavor, creating a perfect balance.


Each component of this dish works together to elevate the simple combination of bread and tomatoes into an exquisite culinary experience. It’s a recipe that holds true to the spirit of traditional bruschetta while offering a delightful twist that's sure to impress.



I invite you to try this version of bruschetta, whether you’re hosting a get-together, needing a vibrant addition to your meal, or simply looking for a delicious snack. This recipe is not only a nod to Italian culinary tradition but also a testament to how a few quality ingredients can come together to create something truly extraordinary.


So, gather your ingredients, and let’s bring a piece of Italy into your kitchen with a touch of gourmet flair. You might just find these flavors becoming a new favorite!


 

Ingredients:

(Serve 2)

  • Cherry Tomatoes, 200g A Combination Of Red and Yellow

  • High Quality Olive Oil, For Drizzling

  • Sea Salt, Pinch

  • Black Pepper, Pinch

  • Sourdough Bread, 2 Slices

  • Garlic, 1 Clove

  • Basil Coarsely Sliced, A Handful

  • Reduced Balsamic Vinegar, For Drizzling

 

Equipment:

  • Oven

  • Cast Iron Skillet / Pan

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 100 degree celsius or 210 fahrenheit.

  2. Place the cherry tomatoes onto a baking dish.

  3. Drizzle some olive oil over the top.

  4. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Give it a mix until the tomatoes are well coated.

  6. Wack into the oven and bake for about 2 to 2.5 hrs or until the skins of the tomatoes start to shrivel like a raisin but are still plump and juicy.

  7. *Check at the 1.5 hr mark.*

  8. Remove from the oven and set aside until ready to use.

  9. In a skillet over low heat, add some olive oil.

  10. Once the oil is heated up, add in the sourdough bread.

  11. Toast until crispy golden brown.

  12. Remove from heat and transfer onto serving plates.

  13. Rub the toasted side with a clove of garlic.

  14. Spoon the roasted cherry tomatoes onto the toast.

  15. Garnish with some basil.

  16. Lastly, drizzle some reduced balsamic vinegar over the top.

  17. Serve immediately.


Perfect...

 

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