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BackstoryWhen it comes to Italian cuisine, nothing starts off a meal like bruschetta. The simple flavors of good bread, quality olive oil and a hint of garlic makes it the perfect appetizer. Naturally, it also makes for a great foundation to top with meats, cheeses and various spreads. For our recent Tuscan Grill Party, Grilled Tomato Bruschetta was a must for our menu. We also wanted to include some other toppings so I also made a White Bean Bruschetta along with a dipping oil mixed with fig balsamic vinegar and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. The trio of toppings was a delicious way to serve up grilled bread and good enough to be a meal in of itself!...
When it comes to simple foods, it's important to really focus on quality. In this case, bruschetta is essentially roasted or toasted bread that's been rubbed with fresh garlic and seasoned with salt and pepper. Having good quality bread to begin with makes all the difference! Toppings run the gamut but most often, you'll find it topped with a mixture of chopped fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil. For the bruschetta we prepared, we grilled it until slightly toasted, immediately rubbed each toasted slice with garlic and kept it warm in a covered bread basket. The toppings were bright, fresh and flavorful, each offering a different texture to keep things interesting. Below are the recipes we made and each were only enhanced by good, quality bread...
- 1 cup canned great northern beans, rinsed and drained
- 3 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, cut into thin strips
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium bowl, combine the beans, tomatoes, oil, basil, garlic, salt and pepper.
- Using a masher, mash the mixture until slightly creamed or to your desired consistency.
- Top toasted bread slices with mixture and serve.