Yields: 15 pieces
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Oven Temperature: 400 Degree Fahrenheit
French Bread or Ciabatta Bread or any Baguette – 15 slices (can be sliced diagonally or straight, thin or thick)
Tomato – 2 nos
Garlic – 3 cloves
Basil Leaves – 1 cup
Mozzarella Cheese – 15 slices (about 4-5 mm thick, just big enough to be placed on each bread slice)
Balsamic Vinegar – 2 tbsp
Olive Oil – 2 tbsp
Lemon Pepper Seasoning – 2 tsp
Salt – to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit (200 degree Celsius), if using.
- Pulse the tomatoes, 2 garlic cloves, basil leaves and olive oil in a food processor, until the tomato pieces are some what chunky.
- Add the balsamic vinegar and lemon pepper seasoning and salt to the mixture and mix well.
- Arrange the bread slices on a baking sheet.
- Place the bread slices in the oven for about 3 minutes or until they turn light golden. If not using the oven, you can also toast the slices on a tava or frying pan or griddle.
(Note: Optionally you can brush the bread slices with a little olive oil before toasting them.)
- Take out the bread slices from the oven/pan.
- Cut the remaining one clove of garlic in half.
- Rub each bread slice on both sides with the cut end of the garlic clove.
- Place a slice of the cut mozzarella cheese on each bread slice.
- Toast the bread slices with cheese in the oven/pan again for about 1 to 2 minutes, until the cheese begins to melt.
- Once the cheese has somewhat melted on the slices, take out the bread slices.
- Place almost a tablespoonful of the tomato basil mixture over the melted cheese.
- You can also toast the bread slices with the tomato topping, while toasting them with the cheese.
- If you do not have an oven, you can also toast the slices on a frying pan or griddle.
- Bruschetta and Crostini are popular appetizers in Italian cuisine.
- The difference between bruschetta and crostini is the size of the bread slices. Bruschetta is made of thick bread slices, most often cut diagonally, while thin slices are used for crostini. Also, traditionally, bruschetta toppings are most often made with tomatoes or red peppers, while crostinis are made with a variety of toppings.