Bruschetta

Bruschetta

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From
Ben's BBQ Bible
Serves
8
Photographer
Billy Law

There is much discussion about what bruschetta really is or isn’t. In its purest and simplest form, it is a grilled slice of bread that’s simply rubbed with fresh garlic, drizzled with lashings of olive oil and seasoned with salt. A good bruschetta is a celebration of that true culinary champion, extra virgin olive oil.

The best bread to grill to make bruschetta is sourdough, slightly stale, as traditionally it was a way of using up older bread (the Italians are an economical people!) The bread can then be the vehicle for so many fantastic combinations of toppings.

Bruschetta is great to serve as snacks for a party, in a soup as croutons or under roast meat or stews to soak up the delicious gravy. It can even be turned into quite a substantial meal, depending on the topping.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
12 slices sourdough bread, sliced 2 cm thick
2 garlic cloves, peeled
100ml best-quality extra virgin olive oil, or more to taste
good-quality crystal or rock salt

Method

  1. Ensure that the barbecue is clean and dry of any oils. Place the slices of bread directly over the heat, allowing them to toast and take on the pattern from the grill. Turn the slices over and repeat the process on the other side.
  2. Remove to a board or large plate and immediately rub the slices of bread once or twice with the garlic cloves, just to give a hint of garlic aroma.
  3. Liberally drizzle with olive oil and season with salt.
  4. Either enjoy the bruschetta as is, or top with anything you desire. You could try using olive bread as a variation.
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