I like cooking but I don’t like spending hours labouring over a complicated dish. It’s time consuming and energy draining and the positive outcome of my efforts is never too certain. After all, my family knows I am not a world-renowned chef and they don’t expect too much of me. What’s more, I have the most loveable man in the world – he eats whatever I cook and praises my food even when the neighbour’s dog gives it a wide berth. This alone makes me want to improve my cooking skills.
Simple recipes with very few ingredients are my favourite. And if they come from Italy, then I love them, embrace them and make them as often as possible. Italian cuisine is the best!
Today I will share with you a recipe for an Italian appetizer called bruschetta. It is a bit different from the original recipe.
- 5 – 6 tomatoes
- 2 – 3 cloves garlic
- olives / capers
- olive oil
- fresh basil / chives
- sea salt
- toast bread
- cheese / mozzarella cheese
- Skin the tomatoes and dice them.
- Chop the garlic (and olives).
- In a large bowl, combine basil, tomatoes, garlic, olives and / or capers.
- Add olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Toast bread in a toaster for few minutes.
- When the bread is ready, spoon the mixture onto each slice and add some cheese on top.
- Pop the almost ready bruschetta into the oven for a couple of minutes – it’s good when the cheese melts nicely.
- If you like chives, you can sprinkle some on top.
DISCLAIMER: I know that in the authentic bruschetta I won’t find olives, capers or cheese. It’s not that I try to improve the original recipe. You can’t improve on perfection! However, I love olives and capers and I add them, to my family’s vexation, to every dish I can think of. And the cheese is there to keep the mixture from falling off the bread. Ingenious, isn’t it?!
Making bruschetta isn’t rocket science so even a novice cook will succeed in preparing this nice and tasty snack. I managed it without burning down the house and that’s something! 😉