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Friday, July 20, 2007

Tomato Basil Mozzarella and Red bell pepper Bruschetta

Bruschetta1my version of bruschetta

I love Italian food and very much in love with them apart from watching Giada De Laurentiis's 'Everyday Italian'. This bruschetta recipe is an adapted version of hers, hope you gonna enjoy trying this as we did enjoyed eating this. Very simple, elegant and easy to make recipe. If you cannot bake it in oven then you can simply toast the slices on a tava. One good thing about bruschetta is you can change the topping as per your inventory in your pantry.

I read an interesting article on the pronounciation of bruschetta where the author says "The word bruschetta is pronounced "broo-SKET-ta,' not "broo-shetta." Yet there it is, in a national television commercial being pronounced "broo-shetta," as in "Broo-shetta" Burger. (Yes, I know...)

What is so hard about calling a spade a spade, or in the case, a bruschetta? I am so frustrated with American companies perpetuating incorrect pronunciations. But even Buitoni is guilty of it, hawking their wares in the U.S.A. as made by "Byoo-toni" instead of "Bwee-toni" as it should be pronounced.

Are there bigger, more important issues in the world? Yes. Should I let it go? Sure. But this still pisses me off." If interested you can continue reading the comments made on this statement here. Bruschetta can be a good finger food, great for starters or just can accompany you for a tea-party! Also for more on bruschetta/crostini you can visit Sangita, Sharmi and Mishmash to check their versions.

Source: adapted from Giada De Laurentiis (channel FoodTV)
Cuisine: Italian
Preparation time:10 mins
Baking time: 10 mins
Serves: 5-6 people
1 large French baguette or any Italian bread, sliced 1-inch thick (about 36 slices)
4-5 sprigs of fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
2 medium sized plum tomatoes, de-seed and finely chopped
1 tsp of rosemary, fresh or dried(optional)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tbsps of extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, grated
freshly ground black pepper
Salt as per taste

  1. First preheat the broiler, meanwhile slice the baguette and line them up on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with some extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Broil the bread for a min on the upper shelf till it turns light brown, be careful not to burn the bread, remove and set the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In the bowl mix the basil leaves, remaining olive oil, grated garlic, rosemary, chopped tomatoes and red bell pepper and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread one tablespoon of the tomato mixture on each piece and top it with shredded mozzarella. Since I am not a cheese fan, i used very little cheese. But those who are cheese lovers you can replace the shredded ones with thick sliced mozzarella.
  5. Place bread back in oven and melt cheese slightly and till the aroma of basil fills your kitchen.
  6. Place bruschetta on decorative platter and serve hot.
tomato basil mozzarella red bell pepper bruschetta

bruschetta, ready to eat!


Sharmi said...

hmmm I can smell them!! looks great and tempting.

FH said...

I love them too,specially if the veggies are fresh and juicy.Looks great:)

Anonymous said...

Drool!! That looks so enticing :)

Prema Sundar said...

That looks sooo nice with colourful veggies!!!

Athika said...

Hey padma, It looks yummy. it soo colorful love it.
Even I think the pronounciation of few words are so different even I get irritated some time. But I think you should just take it easy dont let that bother you.

TNL said...

I just love this stuff!
looks very good....and how perfect for parties!


Padma said...

Thanks Sharmi, Asha, Prema...glad you liked it!

Mythili thanks for visitng my blog, you have a very nice site, already added to my blogroll.

Athika, I agree with you too on the pronounciation part...whatever It sounds both are pleasant to ears..

Hey Girls thank you so much for your lovely feedback...

sra said...

Nice post and pix on broos-SKET-ta, Padma!

Manasi said...

Lovely!!!!! very appetizing!!!

Coffee said...

oh my!! Thats looks absolutely stunning! :) Indeed great PAdma. :)

Mishmash ! said...

Padma, sorry could not drop by earlier...was enjoying a sort of semi0blogging break :) you have already blogged lots of recipes....and neat pics too...i liked your header a lot...burschetta plater looks quite colourful :)All th e best !


Suganya said...

Lovely and colorful!

J said...

Nice and colourful!

Bong Mom said...

A very colourful array

Unknown said...

lovely, colorful pics, looks very yummy... perfect as starters...

Sig said...

beauutiful pic Padma... Broosketta looks yummy :)

Anonymous said...

wow tempting padma
got a starter for weekend party
gud nice one

Sangeeta Bavi Shroff said...

Hi Padma,

The bruschetta looks very appetizing. You have started with an impressive collection of recipes. The watermelon lemonade looks great, I will definitely try it out over the weekend!


Padma said...

Sra, thanks for commenting on broos-SKET-ta, glad you liked the short story :)

Manasi Thanks ya for stopping by!

Coffee, thanks..

Mishmash, I am glad you liked the header of my blog, till now no one comment on the layout, you are the first one. Feels great!

Thanks Suganya, Jyosthna!

Padma said...

Thanks Sandeepa for dropping by...

Spandana your chicken fry looks amazing have to try this weekend

Sig, thanks yaar!

Vidya lmk how they came...and all the best too!

Sangeeta...watermelon lemonade tastes great, lmk

Kajal said...

WOW.....great photo with nice recipe.:)

Padma said...

Thanks Kajal for visiting my blog! Hopped to your blog juz now and what an amazing recipes you....

laxshmi said...

Your blog is interesting.Thanks for all the info

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