Crostini & Bruschetta

 MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

I hope you had a wonderful and peaceful Christmas!

I have been kind of busy, as I think most of you have been, with these holidays, and I had not much time to write on my blog, however with so much gathering with family, friends and unexpected guest, the crostinis & bruschettas always helped me out and were so useful for those last minute snacks or appetizers at home, that I wanted to share it with you!

They are so versatile, you can use them as an appetizer, as a fast lunch next to your soup or some salad, and also as a light dinner meal.

 They are very easy, quick to make and delicious!

Crostini and Bruschetta are one of the most popular Italian snacks generally used as Antipasti, basically consist on slices of lightly toasted bread, with a variety of toppings, as dips, spreads or topping mixture.

 

What's the difference between Crostini & Bruschetta?

Crostini is a small piece of baked bread or little toasts topped with a variety of ingredients like cheese, pattes, pesto, vegetables, meat, or seafood.

Bruschetta is a larger piece of bread that is grilled or toasted and can be rubbed with garlic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or topped as crostini.

All you need is fresh bread as a baguette, A&A Garlic Infused Olive Oil and a few minutes to create these delectable and fun snacks!

 

BASIC BRUSCHETTA RECIPE

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Slice your bread in slices.
  • Drizzle the slices with A&A Garlic Infused EVOO and bake them for around 8 minutes or until golden.
  • Top them with your favorite topping and served warm.  
My favorite bruschetta?...ALL of them!!

Specially bruschetta al Pomodoro, bruschetta alla Caprese, di melenzane, di cannellini, and di sundried tomatoes pesto. Today I'm sharing bruschetta al Pomodoro, and bruschetta con alici, but I will share the rest later with you. Meanwhile let your imagination fly and be creative while making them, you will surprise of all the wonderful toppings you can use with them.

 

Bruschetta al Pomodoro

This is my dad's favorite!!
  • 5 Plum Tomatoes;
  • 2 Garlic Cloves or 6 tbsp of A&A Garlic Infused EVOO;
  • A handful of fresh basil leaves or 6 tbsp of A&A Basil Infused EVOO.
  • Mix all ingredients (if you used the garlic cloves and the fresh basil)
  • Add 6 Tbsp A&A EVOO and season to taste with salt.  

 

Bruschetta con Alici

  • Toss together: 16 anchovy fillets;
  • 1 tbsp A&A EVOO or A&A Garlic Infused EVOO;
  • 1 tbsp rinsed salted capers;
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (optional).

 

bruschetta alla capreseBruschetta with black olive pesto

What do you like to top yours with?


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