Authentic Bruschetta Italiana
How to make authentic Bruschetta Al Pomodoro that tastes fantastic. It's easier than you think!
Delicious authentic Italian Bruschetta Al Pomodoro is an antipasto made with grilled crusty bread rubbed with fresh garlic and topped with olive oil, salt and fresh, juicy tomatoes. You're going to love this!
You know how much I love Itay and Italian food. My husband and I visited Italy on so many occasions. We especially loved our food trip to Rome. In fact, after spending some weeks exploring all parts of Italy, we came back and started experimenting with pizza, pesto, alfredo and grissini.
While in Italy, we met with some of our friends who at the time lived in Rome and Milan. Since they speak Italian, they took us on a road trip to the countryside where we took some cooking classes from grandma! You cannot imagine our excitement when we actually entered a proper Italian kitchen, with an old school stove and seasoned pans. And so, nonna started cooking classes with us. We learnt how to make bruschetta, pasta from scratch and tiramisu. Pretty cool, right?
Bruschetta is an antipasto from Italy that's super easy to make, yet so delicious! It's the perfect starter if you ask me. It's crusty bread, rubbed with fresh garlic, topped with olive oil and sea salt, then topped with a layer of fresh, juicy chopped tomatoes. It's heaven!
There are a variety of toppings you can add to your Italian bruschetta including beans, cured meats or cheeses. But of course, we're all for vegan foods here, so we're focusing on easy, fresh and healthy toppings only.
Authentic Bruschetta Italiana
Authentic Bruschetta originated in Italy during the 15th century. Food historians managed to trace back Italian bruschetta to Ancient Rome. Back then, olive growers would serve their freshly pressed oil with a slice of bread.
Although bread and olive oil are still the core ingredients for an authentic bruschetta, a lot changed. Bruschetta comes from the Roman dialect verb bruscare which means "to toast".
How to make Italian Bruschetta
First, we're going to gather all the ingredients we need for Italian bruschetta.
You'll need slices of nice crusty bread, the best possible extra virgin olive oil, fresh and ripe tomatoes, fresh garlic cloves, sea salt and basil. You can add onions, balsamic vinegar and peppercorn if you want. But these are definitely optional.
We learnt that it's best to start with the tomato mixture from our cooking classes first because you want the flavours to develop. It's a similar idea to our Tuscan salad.
In a bowl, mix the tomatoes with onions if using, sea salt and olive oil. Don't stir or mix. Just let the tomatoes be like that for at least 10-15 minutes, until the bread is ready to be topped.
Toast or grill your bread until nicely crisp. I know it's ready when I can see those beautiful grill marks on the bread. The bread should be crisp and make sure it doesn't brown or won't be as nice to eat. Once crips, it's time to rub fresh garlic on both sides of the bread.
This is literally the technique I use when making garlic toast for breakfast as well. It's highly effective, and super delicious.
Brush the bread with olive oil and sprinkle sea salt. Now add the tomato mixture and chopped basil. Drizzle with more olive oil and sea salt if you want and add a touch of balsamic vinegar if using. Enjoy!
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.
Our Authentic Bruschetta Italiana is the best antipasto ever. Made with grilled crusty bread, with fresh garlic, extra virgin olive oil and fresh and juicy tomatoes. Topped with sea salt and fresh basil. You'll love this!
- 4 Italian tomato
- 1 clove garlic
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 5 leaves basil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 4 slices of bread
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (optional)
- 1 small onion, finely chopped (optional)
- Chop the tomatoes into evenly sized small cubes.
- Add the sea salt, half olive oil, and chopped onions (if using). Don't stir or mix. Let the tomatoes marinate for about 10-15 minutes at room temperature.
- In the meantime, toast the bread slices on a grill until crisp.
- Rub both sides of the crispbread with the garlic clove.
- Brush one side of the bread slices with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
- Top each slice with marinated tomatoes and add the chopped basil leaves.
- You can now drizzle with more olive oil, add more sea salt and a touch of balsamic vinegar.
Total Nutrition Facts
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 29 g||38%|
|Saturated Fat 4 g||21%|
|Trans Fat 0 g||1%|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 4 g|
|Monounsaturated Fat 20 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 874 mg||38%|
|Total Carbs 37 g||13%|
|Dietary Fiber 4 g||13%|
|Sugar 8 g||16%|
|Protein 7 g||14%|
|* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice
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