When it comes to appetizers, chances are that if you are looking at an Italian menu you will find bruschetta on the list. This appetizer is an Italian favorite for a reason. There are so many different ways that it can be prepared and the delicious dish is really hard to resist, after all, how can you give up grilled bread with tomatoes and olive oil? It is simple, yet delicious.
The combination of ingredients is something that almost everyone will enjoy as the appetizer is simple, yet tastes quite elegant. The best part about this appetizer is that it can easily be prepared at home any time that you happen to be in the mood for it or if you want a great way to impress your guests. There are many great bruschetta recipes from which to choose. Here are 16 creative ways that you can make bruschetta at home.
1. Tomato and Mozzarella Bruschetta
What you need:
8 slices of a crusty Italian bread
One pound of fresh grape or cherry tomatoes halved
2 tsp olive oil
Tsp balsamic vinegar
8 ounces of mozzarella, thinly sliced
¼ cup chopped basil leaves
Salt and pepper
How to Make:
The first step is to preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Use a sharp knife to slice the bread into thin slices. The slices should be about half an inch thick. Place the bread on a baking sheet. Brush the tops of each of the slices of bread with some olive oil. Bake the bread for about ten minutes.
Remove from the oven, but keep the oven temperature the same. Place the tomatoes on top of the bread, drizzle with the balsamic, top with the basil and then place a slice of cheese over it. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for another minute until the cheese melts.