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6 Great Ideas for at Home Bruschetta

September 27, 2012 Emily Murray Portland 0 Comments

6 Great Ideas for at Home Bruschetta

Bruschetta is typically eaten as part of a meal at a restaurant or as a party appetizer. The best part about making bruschetta is that it can be made with just about any toppings. When making bruschetta, tedious measuring of ingredients is not necessary. Think of bruschetta as an open-faced sandwich on toast and imagine all of the possibilities. Bruschetta may be served as a snack, light lunch or cut into smaller pieces for parties. The base for bruschetta is usually a thick slice of toasted Italian or French bread. The base for bruschetta may also consist of puff pastry, or cake. If you ever attend a class at a culinary art school it’s likely you will learn the basics of bruschetta.

The following six savory and sweet bruschettas are quick and easy to make. In fact, many of these concepts are taught at culinary school in Portland.

1.) Simple Bruschetta
A popular bruschetta consists of toasted Italian bread topped with shredded mozzarella cheese or crumbled feta, a sprinkling of chopped tomato; and fresh chopped basil. This simple bruschetta can be drizzled with a little balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. 

2.) Southwestern Style
A southwestern style bruschetta can be made by topping toasted bread with refried beans, chopped jalapeno peppers, and cheddar jack cheese. Once these toppings are added, broil the bruschetta until the cheese melts. Next, top the bruschetta with fresh chopped tomato and chopped cilantro.

3.) Pizza Bruschetta
Create a cheese pizza bruschetta by spreading ready-made pizza sauce on toasted Italian bread. Top with mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and broil until cheese melts and just begins to turn brown.

4.) Garlic Bruschetta

Only three ingredients are needed for roasted garlic bruschetta--garlic, olive oil, and bread. Start by roasting garlic heads in the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Peel the papery skins from garlic. Using a sharp knife, cut away about 1/2 inch from the top of the garlic heads to expose the individual cloves. Place prepared garlic in a baking dish and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Cover dish with foil and bake 20-30 minutes or until cloves are tender. When cloves have finished roasting, cool slightly. While garlic cools, place sliced Italian bread in the oven and toast under broiler. When the bread is lightly toasted, remove from oven. Squeeze soft garlic over toast and enjoy.

5.) Strawberry Shortcake Bruschetta
Strawberry shortcake bruschetta is made with toasted pound cake slices, cream cheese, honey, fresh strawberries, powdered sugar and sliced almonds. To make two strawberry short cake bruschettas. Toast 3/4 inch thick slices of pound cake in the oven. When pound cake is slightly brown, remove from the oven. Measure 1/2 cup of whipped cream cheese spread (tub type cream cheese) into a small bowl. Stir one teaspoon of honey into the cream cheese and spread half of the mixture on each slice of pound cake. Top each cake slice with 1/4 cup of fresh sliced strawberries. Dust with powdered sugar and sprinkle each dessert with one tablespoon of slice almonds. This may not sound like your traditional bruschetta but you would be surprised to know that this is one of the growing trends at many culinary arts schools across the world. In fact culinary art school in Portland teaches their students that creativity is key to creating an amazing versatile menu.

6.) Peanut Butter and Banana Bruschetta
Create a peanut butter and banana bruschetta by toasting four slices of banana bread. Top each slice with 1/2 tablespoon of peanut butter. Cut one whole large banana into 1/2 inch slices. Top bruschettas with banana slices, dividing the slices evenly among each piece.

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