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We wanted a quick snack in the evening, plus i had some bread from the day before and some tomatoes that I wanted to get rid of. This is the best bruschetta I have ever made...so did my husband say.
Malta Island, Malta
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- 4 slices of crusty white bread
- garlic oil (to brush on bread)
- 2 tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 small white onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon green olives, chopped
- 6 basil leaves, chopped
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- drizzle of olive oil
- salt and pepper
- grated Parmiggiano Reggiano (or mozzarella)
MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:10min ›Ready in:20min
- Pre-heat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. In the meantime, brush the slices of bread with garlic oil, and place on the rack in the middle of the oven so that they start to toast but not burn, for around 5 minutes.
- Prepare the topping by mixing all the other ingredients together - chopped tomatoes, garlic, onion, olives, basil leaves, oregano, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
- When the bread is warm enough and just started toasting take out of oven, scoop the mixture onto the bread, sprinkle with Parmiggiano Reggiano and put back into the oven. Take the bread out when the shreds of cheese start to fuse together.
- Place on a plate and serve. Enjoy!
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Chicken Bruschetta Recipe
This Chicken Bruschetta recipe is a huge favorite in my house. Like many Americans, my family tends to eat our fair share of chicken, especially chicken breasts. Truthfully? I am often bored by it. A baked chicken breast with a sprinkle of herbs is just not going to do it for me. Funny, because the same treatment of a piece of fresh salmon comes out totally divine. But that’s a topic for a different day.
This delicious meal takes chicken over-the-top. The balsamic vinegar mixes with the juices of the tomatoes and the chicken and produces a really delightful sauce. It’s perfect over zucchini noodles, shown here, or couscous which really soaks up the flavors. A hunk of mozzarella on top really is perfection.
My husband has always loved chicken parmesan– breaded chicken covered in red sauce and mozzarella cheese. I started making that dish healthier years ago, by removing some of, and then all of, the fried breading.
This chicken bruschetta recipe is a bit of a riff on that meal. Instead of red pasta sauce, we use fresh tomatoes and—what else?—basil. We keep the mozzarella, of course, because it’s just so good. I love biting into a big slab of cheesy mozzarella. It’s best fresh out of the oven when the cheese is warm and gooey. If you plan to serve the meal a bit more on the lukewarm, you could consider using shredded mozzarella.
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 2 pounds leeks, white parts only, finely chopped
- 1 lemon, juiced
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-low heat cook and stir garlic and sugar in the hot oil until garlic is lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Mix leeks into garlic mixture cook and stir until leeks are lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
Drizzle lemon juice over leek mixture season with salt and pepper. Cover pan and cook over low heat until leeks are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
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- 1 loaf French bread
- 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
- 2 cups finely chopped plum tomatoes
- 1/4 cup capers
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon McCormick Gourmet™ Organic Basil Leaves
- 1 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet™ Organic Oregano Leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet™ Organic Crushed Red Pepper
Alouette Mediterranean Bruschetta
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Calories per serving: 242
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Grilled Bruschetta with Mediterranean Tomato Concassée
2 cups minced plum tomato (about ¾ pound) 1½ teaspoons capers 2 tablespoons chopped Kalamata olives 1 tablespoon chopped red onion 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar ¼ teaspoon kosher salt &frac18 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 2 cloves garlic, halved 8 ounces crusty country French or Italian bread, cut in ½-inch slices
Calories 165 (27% from fat) &bull carb. 25g &bull pro. 5g &bull fat 5g &bull sat. fat 1g &bull chol. 0mg &bull sod. 334mg &bull calc. 13mg &bull fiber 1g
Combine tomato, capers, olives, onion, basil, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, vinegar and pepper cover and let stand 30 minutes. Drain the tomato mixture. Rub both sides of each slice of bread with cut garlic clove. Lightly brush with olive oil. Preheat the Cuisinart&trade Griddler in the open grill position. When hot, arrange bread evenly spaced on grills and grill the bread until golden, toasty and nicely marked. Serve warm and top with Mediterranean Tomato Concassée
- 1 can (15 1/2 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 small garlic clove, minced
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 8 large pitted green olives, cut into 1/8-inch slivers
- 2 tablespoons finely diced celery, plus celery leaves for garnish
- 12 slices (1/3 inch thick) baguette, toasted
Make spread: In a food processor, combine chickpeas, 1/4 cup oil, lemon juice, and garlic. Pulse to form a smooth paste. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
Make relish: In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon oil, olives, and celery. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
Divide chickpea spread evenly among toasts, and top with olive relish. Drizzle with remaining tablespoon oil season with pepper. Serve immediately, garnished with celery leaves.
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- Sliced or chopped olives
- Cooked white beans
- Other herbs such as parsley, rosemary, or oregano
You can also spread a layer of one of the following dips to the toast and then add the tomato mixture on top for a heartier dish:
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