Bruschetta pronounced (bruˈsketta) is traditionally an antipasto, appetizer, from Italy. Bruschetta is grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt to taste. You may include toppings of basil, tomato, beans, vegetables, cheese or cured meat. Bruschetta can also be served as a snack.
In some countries, grilled bread topped with chopped tomato, olive oil and herbs is popularly marketed under the bruschetta name.
Bruschetta is very easy to prepare. You can make it in just 5 minutes and enjoy it any time of year. You don’t need to cook anything, just toast bread! But you must use fresh ingredients to make your Bruschetta perfect. I like spicy food, so to give my Bruschetta a bit zip I add Bell Pepper and Chili Pepper. You can use Jalapeno or Habanero pepper or any type of hot pepper you have on hand.
Here’s my version of Bruschetta with a Filipino twist! I’m sure you really like this version.
½ Loaf Sandwich Bread
5-6 Ripe tomatoes
5-6 Red Bell Pepper
¼ cup Olive Oil
¼ tbsp. Ground black pepper
2 cloves Garlic
1 Chili Pepper or 1 tsp. Chili powder
Salt to taste
Cut off crust all the way around each slice of bread. Cut the crustless squares in to 4 quarters – 4 smaller squares.
Place bread on a baking sheet and toast in the oven on the low broil setting for about 1-2 minutess or until the bread turns brown, set aside.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Wash the chili pepper, garlic, tomatoes and red peppers.
Chop veggies into small pieces. Mix well.
Take ½ of the veggie mixture and crush well with a mortar and pestle, set the remaining chopped mixture aside.
Add the olive oil, chili pepper, ground black pepper, and salt to taste to the crushed mixture. Crush it again until all ingredients are mixed well.
Spoon the crushed mixture on top of each piece of toasted bread, divide the mixture evenly over all bread pieces.
Heap spoonfuls of the chopped veggie mixture on each piece of bread.
Melt cheese and drizzle over the chopped veggie mixture.
Serve and Enjoy!!!