Bruschetta and Garlic Bread are my favorite appetizers. What other appetizer can be so healthy, so delicious and so easy to put together- all at the same time! Bruschetta (pronounced as brus-ke-tta) is a very famous Italian appetizer which is basically tomatoes on toast flavored with garlic and olive oil. There are a lot of variants of this dish including the ones with meat, mozzarella, basil and other herbs. You make this once and I promise you are going to be hooked to its juicy deliciousness. Need more reasons to try this? It is loaded with the wonder fruit which works as a vegetable- Tomatoes. This is one ingredient you must have plenty of in your diet. Loaded with the antioxidant and pigment- lycopene, a tomato is also a good source of vitamin E and C, betacarotene (which becomes vit A in the body) and potassium which helps regulate blood pressure. Still not convinced? Tomatoes are low in sugar, calories, sodium and fat! What more could you ask for?
You will need:
Slices of your favorite wholemeal or multi-grain bread
3-4 tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried herbs or fresh basil
a tiny bit of mozzarella (optional)
4 cloves of garlic, minced (preferably on a micro-plane)
salt and pepper to taste
– Line the bread on a baking tray. Top each slice with generous amounts of chopped tomato.
– Sprinkle the herbs and the minced garlic over the tomatoes. Then drizzle the olive oil.
– Season with salt and pepper. Top with a tiny bit of mozzarella.
– Put it the tray in a preheated oven (180 degrees) in the top rack on toast mode. Alternately, put each toast on a heavy bottomed griddle on stove top and cover and grill till the tomatoes become a little soft.
– Serve hot.. yummmmm….