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Video:How to Make Bruschetta

with Rachel Edelman

Bruschetta is perfect as an appetizer or an afternoon snack. All you need is bread, olive oil, tomatoes, and some spices.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Bruschetta

Hi, I'm Rachel Edelman for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to make bruschetta.

Bruschetta Ingredients

For this recipe, you will need:
  • bread, like an Italian loaf or a baguette
  • garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • tomatoes
  • basil
You will need inch-wide slices of Italian bread. Cut the bread on a 45 degree angle for the best results.

Toast the Bread

The word bruschetta comes from the Italian term "to roast over coals." So, the most important part is to toast the bread. In modern times, a toaster, broiler, or grill works just fine. I'm placing my bread on a grill. Flip the bread over, and toast it on both sides.

Meanwhile, cut a head of garlic in half. Peel off the excess skin on the garlic.

Season the Bread

Once the bread is toasted, rub the slices with the garlic. For a plain and simple bruschetta, brush on some extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle some salt and pepper, and serve.

Try Different Versions of Bruschetta

You can make different variations of bruschetta. One possibility is to rub the bread with a cut tomato after rubbing it with garlic.

You can also make a salsa for the bread. Chop some ripe tomatoes, then cut some fresh basil. Put the tomato and basil into a bowl. Add a little olive oil, and then spread a thin layer of the salsa onto the bread. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve.

If you're using Italian bread with large pieces, cut the slices in half, and then serve. This is a great appetizer or afternoon snack.

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