I was given a jar of very expensive Bruschetta Topping as a Christmas gift. I loved it so much, I was determined to duplicate the topping in my own kitchen and give jars of it to my friends. I even have little gift tags made up with directions for how to use. This recipe makes enough for 3 QUART jars to give as gifts and a tad left over for taste testing...mmmmmmm!
1Caramelize onions in butter with the sugar, low heat, for 50 minutes or until Carmel colored. Don’t burn, just till they turn that beautiful caramel color.
This is a slow process, but it is one of the secrets to the exceptional flavor that is produced.
***Get boiling bath going if you are going to place in canning jars.
While the onions are caramelizing, take a large ball of garlic, snip off the very tips of the cloves. You do not have to separate the cloves, leave together as a ball. Place on a large piece of foil and drizzle with olive oil. Scrunch up the foil to cover the garlic completely. Place in a pan and roast for 60 minutes in a 375 oven. When roasted, you can just squeeze out the garlic like a paste. This again, is a slow process, but this is the other secret ingredient to the exceptional flavor.
3The rest is easy. Just add and mix!
In a large pot, add onions, garlic paste, olives, tomatoes,vinegar, basil and oregano. Taste and adjust to your liking. You can add some red pepper flakes for a little "heat" if you like.
4Mix all, heat through, place in 3 Quart jars. (you may have a little left over for a taste-trial. mmmmmm!) Refrigerate, freeze or process in boiling bath water with lids for at least 10 minutes.
Place rounds of GOOD French/Italian bread on a cookie sheet. Drizzle good Olive oil over one side of bread, place in a 350 oven for 5 minutes, then turn over slices and repeat so both sides are golden in color. Place a healthy portion of the Brochette topping on each round. Options: you can add anchovies and/or Parmesan cheese, and/or a thin slice of a tomato on the top and place back in oven for another 5 minutes. Anchovies can be added at the table as not everyone is a fan, but they sure are good!!
6****Makes an exceptional homemade gift from your kitchen that, I assure you, no one will be able to duplicate since I have spent my lifetime of cooking to perfect this recipe. You will not find it in any cookbook. I share this recipe only with my dearest friends. Enjoy!!
I live to cook, Jan Fanning
7Sample Gift Tag:
Slice French bread into half-inch rounds.
Place on baking sheet. Drizzle good Olive
Oil on both sides. Bake in 350 oven for 10
Minutes. Top with a Tbs. of Bruschetta mixture.
Can add Cheese, Anchovies, Capers, whatever…
Back in oven for another 7 minutes!