As per an old Italian proverb, “Day-old bread, month-old oil, and year-old wine”.
The history of the bruschetta dates back to the Etruscan age: while occupying the land between Rome and Tuscany, they began dressing the local, salt-less bread (best when it’s a day old and a little bit stale) and baking slices in ovens. Before placing it in the oven, tradition calls for brushing it with a clove of garlic and drizzling a bit of olive oil over each slice. Farmers believe that the oil should be very young and recently pressed and that bruschetta is best accompanied by a glass of wine.
While bruschetta, with its history spanning centuries of Tuscan tradition, may seem like just a slice of garnished bread, it is actually one of the most flavorful, enjoyable dishes in the Italian repertoire. It’s beloved for its disarming and simple deliciousness, and its high-quality – but affordable – ingredients. [ cc: FineDiningGlovers]
Bruschetta is a delightful dish originated from the beautiful kitchens of Italy. ..In Tuscany it is called fettunta and it is usually served without toppings, especially in November, to taste the very first oil of the season. Gradually it developed various versions usually defined by toppings, shredding etc.
In a nutshell, Bruschetta is an antipasto (starter dish) from Italy consisting of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. Few quick pointers about this exclusive dish are below:
1. Bruschetta originated in Central Italy in the 15th century and has today become a menu staple in all Italian restaurants and kitchens.
2.Marcella Hazan however believes that the origin of the dish can be traced back to ancient Rome. According to Marcella, olive growers back in ancient Rome would bring the olives to local olive press and use a bread slice to taste the sample of their freshly-pressed oil.
3. Marcella’s belief comes from the fact that the noun Bruschetta is derived from a verb bruscare from Roman dialect. Bruscare literally means ‘to roast over coals’.
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Let’s have a look on the recipe.
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
- Italian baguette or 8 Slices breads
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Cherry tomatoes
- Mushrooms roasted in garlic
- Onion slices
- Green garlic finely chopped
- Mozzarella cheese
- Italian seasoning
- If you have baguette, well and good. If don’t take the slices of regular bread and cut them in circles using cookie cutter. Add mozzarella cheese between two bread circles and toast them well with butter.
- Now spread extra virgin olive oil over the bread and arrange onions, mushrooms, cherry tomotoes
- Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese and Italian seasoning
- Bake for 5 mins at 170 degrees
- Serve fresh
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This recipe is dedicated to 127th Foodie Monday Bloghop wherein theme for this week is #Bruschetta
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