How to Make the Best Bruschetta

Just because bruschetta involves a fundamentally simple concept doesn't mean making it's a matter of slapping some toppings on bread and calling it a day. In fact, the right ingredients and techniques can mean the difference between ordinary and...

Just because bruschetta involves a fundamentally simple concept doesn't mean making it's a matter of slapping some toppings on bread and calling it a day. In fact, the right ingredients and techniques can mean the difference between ordinary and extraordinary when it comes to these tasty tomato-topped toasts. Let's count down seven tips designed to help you take your bruschetta to the next level.

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The best ingredients make the best bruschetta.

1. Say Goodbye to Soggy

Anyone who's ever bitten into a delicious-looking piece of bruschetta only to discover a soggy, mealy mess knows the importance of keeping the toast crisp. One way to accomplish this? Peeling and cutting your tomatoes before cooking and dicing. Seeds and skins don't just contain extra water which can lead to soggy toast, but they can also be bitter. While the prep work does require some moderate effort, the enhanced texture, and flavorful finish makes it well worth your while.

2. Get Even

One of the best ways to accomplish professional results? Demonstrate professional-quality skills. This starts with getting an even dice on your tomatoes. Uniform pieces improve both the look and eatability of bruschetta. Of course, the better your knife collection, the better your knife work.

3. Splurge on the Good Stuff

Because traditional bruschetta involves just a few ingredients, working with the very best ones is important. From fresh herbs and vegetables to high-quality oil and vinegar, excellent ingredients elevate your bruschetta with no extra effort.

One additional tip? Stick with in-season ingredients whenever possible. However, if tomatoes aren't in season, bypass the produce aisle and pick up a can or two instead. Why? Because canned tomatoes are picked when ripe, processed immediately, and therefore are much more flavorful than out-of-season alternatives.

4. Keep it Rustic

Bruschetta is a rustic dish, so crusty baguettes and country breads are particularly appropriate. If you're working with larger slices of bread, cut them into more manageable, serving-size portions. Pressed for time? Top first, cut later. While this method can be messy, it does trim time in a pinch.

4. Get Your Grill On

While popping your bread points in the toaster oven is a perfectly acceptable way to go if grilling isn't an option, stick with the dish's rustic roots by tossing your olive oil-brushed slices on a medium-hot grill. In fact, the word "bruschetta" itself derives from the Italian word "bruscare," which translates to "to roast over coals."

Never grilled bread before? Take our word for it: It's quick, easy and incredibly delicious. Plus, grill marks amp up the appetizing factor.

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Dig into delicious.

5. Stick with Simple...

Why mess with perfection? Traditional bruschetta topping includes tomatoes, minced garlic, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper. While these ingredients may seem basic, together they're pure magic.

6...Or Embrace the Elaborate

While the real deal is plenty delicious, you may also want to put your own scrumptious spin on bruschetta. Native American-inspired corn, squash and bean; pesto; wild mushrooms and goat cheese; and caprese are just a few of the near-endless ways to let your imagination run wild when making this popular appetizer, snack or light meal.

As summer comes to an end, there's no better way to enjoy its lingering bounty than with this much-loved meal. But who says bruschetta is a one-season dish? By experimenting with different in-season ingredients, you can enjoy the pure beauty of bruschetta all year long. Browse food and much, much more at Cilantro The Cooks Shop today.