Italian Essentials: Tomato Bruschetta Topping

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Andy Anderson !

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@ThePretentiousChef

I love a good bruschetta topping. Place it on some diagonal slices of artisan bread, a dot or two of balsamic glaze, and maybe a bit of cheese… heaven.

This is an easy/peasy recipe to assemble, and like all things homemade, you can vary the ingredients to suit your individual tastes.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

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Serves:
Several
Prep:
5 Min
Cook:
15 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • PLAN/PURCHASE

  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin variety
  • 2 clove
    baked garlic
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried basil
  • 1 tsp
    dried thyme
  • 3 medium
    plum tomatoes, or 1 can (14oz) of diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp
    white vinegar
  • 2 tsp
    parmesan reggiano
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • OPTIONAL ITEMS

  • 1 tsp
    balsamic vinegar

How to Make Italian Essentials: Tomato Bruschetta Topping

Step-by-Step

  1. PREP/PREPARE
  2. Plum tomatoes are more traditional for a bruschetta; however, feel free to experiment with whatever you have on hand.
  3. If you are using canned tomatoes, then cut the amount of tomato paste in half.
  4. If you want a sweet heat, then substitute white pepper, for the black, or use a bit of both.
  5. Suggestion on the white vinegar. Add one tablespoon, and taste, then add a bit more, if needed. I like my bruschetta on the tangy side, so I usually add both tablespoons.
  6. If you have never had the pleasure of baking your own garlic, here is a recipe for you:
    Cooking Essentials: Baked Garlic
  7. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  8. Chop up the tomatoes.
  9. Chef's Note: Most Italian bruschetta's leave the skin on the tomatoes, and the seeds; however, if you want to remove the skin and seeds that is your option.
  10. Add the olive oil, garlic, basil, and thyme to small saucepan, over medium-low heat.
  11. As the oil begins to heat up, use a wooden spoon to smash the garlic into the oil.
  12. Allow to lightly simmer, for 4 – 5 minutes.
  13. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, and parmesan to the saucepan, and continue to slowly simmer until the mixture begins to thicken, about 10 – 12 minutes.
  14. Chef’s Note: While the mixture is simmering, taste and season with salt and pepper.
  15. PLATE/PRESENT
  16. Serve as an appetizer on toasted slices of artisan bread, or even use as a topping for steak and/or fish. Enjoy.
  17. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Italian Essentials: Tomato Bruschetta Topping

Course/Dish: Spreads
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy



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