Traditional Bruschetta

    22 min

    Slices of bread are brushed with a garlic-infused olive oil, toasted and then topped with a wonderful mixture of chopped tomatoes, garlic, shallots, basil and lemon juice. Enjoy as finger food or a starter.

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    Serves: 16 

    • 12 plum tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
    • 40g fresh basil leaves, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    • salt to taste
    • freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 75ml extra virgin olive oil
    • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
    • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 450g ciabatta bread, cut into 1.25cm slices

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:7min  ›  Ready in:22min 

    1. In a large bowl, toss together the plum tomatoes, finely chopped garlic, shallots, basil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and 75ml olive oil.
    2. Place the finely sliced garlic and 4 tablespoons olive oil in small saucepan over medium heat. Slowly cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes. Discard garlic.
    3. Toast the bread slices, brush with the olive oil heated with garlic. Top slices with the tomato mixture.

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    I've tried the simple recipe as a starter twice - once for 13 people and then for 4. Worked very well both times and was very well received. Both times I added some parmesan shavings but enhanced the flavour of the mix.  -  06 May 2014


    Quick and delicious  -  17 Oct 2012


    Really easy to make with delicious results! I didn't have shallots so I used spring onions instead. I didn't have fresh basil either, but dried basil did the job (though I will try to use fresh next time). Will definitely make this again!  -  18 Sep 2012