I've always been a big fan of a really great Bruschetta. Therefore, It made sense that I use the same Italian Artisan Loaf that I offer through my Delivery Bakery Service. It all began by me toasting the bread on my cast Iron griddle, then BOOM! It came to me, and that's how this super easy beautiful bruschetta recipe came to be.
What makes GREAT Bruschetta
This is truly a matter of opinion but I say it starts with the bread. It's Imperative to use a sturdy enough bread that can be grilled and hold the toppings. Then the second most important part of this whole shebang is using good fresh ingredients.
Not only will the flavor impress but the presentation is amazing. I like to serve this at all kinds of parties. Its perfect for a snack party, impressing your significant other, or if you're having family and friends over for spaghetti and meatballs, serve this as an appetizer with a good bottle of wine. They'll be talking about it for days!
What IS Bruschetta
Bruschetta is an Italian appetizer that originated in Italy during the 15th century but can be traced all the way back to Ancient Rome.
The word Bruschetta comes from the word bruscare. Bruscare is a verb in the roman dialect which is equivalent to abbrustolire in Italian, meaning 'to toast' or 'roast over hot coals'. So 'Bruschetta' isn't the topping itself, but the toasted bread that you put the topping on.
And Man is it delicious!
Let's get to Cookin'
Start by slicing your loaf of bread. Wether you're using an Italian Bread Loaf, like the one I offer here locally, or a baguette from your local bakery, you'll want to evenly slice these about an inch in thickness.
It's very important to prep all of your ingredients first to keep things running smoothly. So don't forget to also slice the tomatoes in half as well.
For the Mixture
Next, set the bread aside and heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet until the oil begins to shimmer.
Now add the Onions, Mushrooms, and Garlic to the skillet. Cook the veggies until the mushrooms and onions have started to brown.
Quickly add the fresh Basil and Tomatoes cooking for just a moment wile you stir it all to combine. Remove the skillet from heat and set aside.
For the Toast
Begin by preheating a cast iron griddle over medium-high heat with the grill side up.
While the griddle is preheating, butter each side of the bread. I prefer to use salted butter but thats completely up to you. Place your pieces of bread on the grill side of the griddle allowing them to toast and get those beautiful grill marks. Turn them over and repeat this step.
Assembling the Bruschetta
Remove the toasted bread to your serving dish of choice and spoon the topping over the top of each one.
Lastly, sprinkle the gruyere cheese over each piece, top with dried parsley, serve, and enjoy!
Super Easy Beautiful Bruschetta Recipe
- ½ Loaf of Italian Bread or Baguette - Sliced
- ½ Sweet Onion - Diced
- 4 Cloves Fresh Garlic
- 1 Handful Cherry Tomatoes-halved
- 6 White Mushrooms-quartered
- 5 Fresh Basil Leaves Chopped
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- ½ Cup Gruyere Cheese Shredded
- 1 tablespoon Dried Parsley
- Slice the Italian Bread Loaf into 8 even pieces and set aside.
- Place Olive Oil, Onion, Mushrooms, and Garlic in a cast iron skillet and sauté until onions and mushrooms have cooked down and begin to brown.
- Next mix in the chopped Basil then the tomatoes.
- Stir to combine, remove from heat and set aside.
- Preheat a Cast Iron Griddle over medium high heat.
- Butter both sides of each slice of bread and toast on the grill side of the griddle.
- Remove and top with the veggie mixture then top with cheese and sprinkle with dried parsley.
- Serve and Enjoy!
Regardless of the reason for serving this Bruschetta, it's almost guaranteed to put a smile on everyones face. Try serving as an appetizer to Spaghetti and Meatballs. You'll have very happy dinner guests!
As always, I look forward to hearing how you liked super easy beautiful bruschetta recipe and if you made any changes or improvements.
Thank you and happy cooking!
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