Bruschetta is a traditional italian garlic bread made by rubbing slices of roasted bread with garlic cloves, and then drizzling the bread with extra-virgin olive oil. The bread is salted and peppered, heated and served warm.
- 1 large ripe tomato, diced
- 2 scallions, finely sliced
- Italian Cheese *
- 1/2 ripe avocado, diced
- 1 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
- salt and pepper
- 4 slices Italian Bread, toasted to serve **
- 2 tablespoons shredded fresh basil leaves, to garnish
- Mix the tomato, scallions, cheese, avocado, balsamic vinegar and half of the oil together in a medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Drizzle the remaining oil over the bread and top the tomato mixture. Garnish with basil and serve at once.
* I’ve used different Italian cheeses, at different times, from TheCheeseGuy.com. His Lo Spadone and the Formagio Marzolino were my favorites. However, I’ve also been very pleased with Bastardo del Grappa, the Montaggio or any of the Pecorinos. Each cheese contributes its own character, each one creates a different mood, all are delightful!
** Whenever I can find it, I’ll use Ciabatta bread, though I’ve also used Focaccia (it’s much easier to find), and when I could find neither I’ve used Marsigliese (popularly known as Italian Bread).
Easy to prepare, delicious to the palate, a perfect way to start a dairy meal, so… enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!