So the sun has finally showed itself. This is a big deal in Wales were we are more used to rain.
So what better way to celebrate than some al fresco eating.
I felt like something fast and easy but with bags of flavor so i settled on Bruschetta. Bruschetta is a great appetizer or even as a light lunch with some salad. I had most of the things in the cupboard or fridge but needed to pop out to get some fresh bread. I went for a baguette as its crunchy and will cut well.
So what you will need
- 1 Baguette or ciabatta
- 1 Ball mozzarella
- a few slices of Napoli Salami or other cured meat
- A hand full of Cherry tomatoes
- Fresh Basil leaves
- Dried Italian herbs
- Garlic powder
- Balsamic reduction (optional)
We will start with the tomatos. These will give loads of freshness and a real zing to the Bruchetta.
Take your tomatoes and slice them in half then place them face up on a baking tray.
Sprinkle some salt onto the tomatoes this will do two things reduce the sweetness but also draw out excess water to concentrate the flavor.
Now take some dried Italian herbs you can make your own mix or use a ready mixed jar from the store.
give a drizzle of olive oil and then place in a medium oven (180–190° /350–375°F ) for 10 minutes. The tomatoes should of become soft but not burned and should retain their shape.
Slice your bread it helps to do a diagonal cut so increase the flat surface area.
Give your bread a drizzle of olive oil and add some garlic powder. Place in a heavy skillet or griddle pan and toast on both sides. Griddle pans are great as they give great appearance.
Now its time to assemble the Bruchetta. Take your Mozzarella and slice it into thin slices.
Now add a layer of the freshly cooked tomatoes.
Take your ham and layer it on top I find it gives a better texture if you roll it slightly.
This next bit is optional give the Bruchetta a drizzle of a balsamic vinegar or reductions. I love the flavor but its not to everyone’s taste.
Now for the final step garnish with basil leaves. I will also use a kebab skewer to hold them all together.
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