My trip to Italy was one of my inspirations for always incorporating fresh ingredients. Going there taught me there was a difference between my experiences with Italian food at home and what it actually is. It is less seasoning and more flavor if that makes sense. In Italy, you will have a piece of bread and a slice of Salami and finish it feeling like you just ate a full steak dinner - Simply because they paid attention to what compliments each other.
You may be thinking…”what is bruschetta?” It’s that piece of crispy bread with the Italian pico de gallo on top to make it simple. It is a refreshing appetizer that gets your tastes buds going. Check out my take on the popular Italian appetizer below:
1 loaf of Italian or french bread
1 medium Roma tomato (diced)
1 half of a medium red onion
1 clove of garlic (minced)
3 tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 cup of mozzarella cheese
1 cup of parmesan cheese
⅓ cup of thinly sliced fresh basil
Balsamic Glaze (mix olive oil and balsamic vinegar)
Salt and pepper to taste
In a mixing bowl, add tomatoes, garlic, basil, (1.5 tablespoons) olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Mix thoroughly and let sit for at least 15 minutes at room temperature to let the flavors marinate.
Slice the bread into individual pieces and spoon the mixture on top.
Squeeze (or pour glaze on top)