BRUSCHETTA, The Classic Italian Antipasto
Easy, delicious. Who couldn't love bruschetta? Here are some simple and quick recipes to unleash your inner chef!
WHO INVENTED BRUSCHETTA? AN ITALIAN MYSTERY!
This brilliant culinary invention was intended as a “poor” dish from the farmers’ humble kitchen. The birth place has long been contested between the regions Tuscany, Lazio and Abruzzo. The name comes from “bruscare,” an old word for the verb “to toast,” referred to the sliced country bread.
TRUE COLORS: RED, WHITE, YELLOW AND GREEN
A traditional Italian bruschetta should always have these 4 colors: red (the tomatoes), white (fresh garlic), yellow (bread), green (fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil). Of course these are the basics from the “Italian palette” …But you can be creative and find your own bruschetta recipe!
THE MOST CRITICAL ELEMENT: THE BREAD, OF COURSE!
We recommend you to use “pane casareccio” - rustic style bread - for your bruschetta. Some of the best breads are made in Tuscany, Basilicata and Puglia regions.
SOME IDEAS FOR YOUR BRUSCHETTA
First learn the basics: slice the bread, grill it, rub it with fresh garlic and add your favorite ingredients. You can choose the classic chopped tomatoes, but olives are also a nice touch. Another incredibly tasty version is with mushrooms. Finish with some drops of fine, high-quality olive oil.
TUSCAN FETTUNTA, ONLY IN NOVEMBER
This bruschetta is a seasonal specialty from Tuscany. The name literally means “greasy slice” because the grilled bread is rubbed with garlic, seasoned with salt, and sprinkled with extra virgin olive oil, fresh from the new harvest.
THE FINISHING TOUCH…EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Don’t forget to sprinkle your bruschetta with high quality extra virgin olive oil. Magnifico offers Agricola Piano’s single-source, Peranzana Organic extra virgin olive, an award-winning concoction recognized as among the best in Italy.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO COOK
If you have a busy schedule, don’t let this stop you! We have you covered with some simple, yet delectable alternatives. For example, you could try Agromonte’s toppings. You can choose among many options such as cherry tomatoes, artichokes, peppers, and black and green olives. All fresh and ready to go!
- Donatella Mulvoni