Here’s a classic traditional recipe, by Italian Chef Chicca Maione. She can even teach you the art of making bruschetta in person through her cooking classes (If you are looking for a great vacation).
This traditional Italian bruschetta is easy to prepare and delicious bite after bite: crunchy and soft at the same time, it is an explosion of summer flavors in your mouth!
Let’s Make Bruschetta!
Ingredients (Serves 8)
Prep Time: 15 minutes.
Cook Time: 30 minutes.
- Preheat the Oven
Preheat the oven to 390°F/200°C and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Wash and Chop
Wash the eggplants and remove the stems. Cut them lengthwise in 3’’ pieces and remove the seeds if necessary. Chop the tomatoes in quarters; peel the garlic and chop it finely.
- Place on Baking Sheet
Arrange the chopped eggplants with half of the tomatoes, garlic, and some basil in a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Try not to overlap them. Drizzle with olive oil and coarse sea salt (this will pull out the water of the eggplant and they will be crunchy even though cooked in the oven).
- Roast the Eggplants
Roast the eggplants for about 25-30 minutes, until they are nicely charred. Make sure you don’t burn them!
- Make your topping
In a bowl, combine the remaining tomatoes with chopped mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil, salt, and pepper.
- Toast the Bread
Toast the bread and put the bread on a large plate. Spread some of the eggplants with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil on each slice. Drizzle some olive oil and freshly ground black pepper over the top to finish them off!
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Take the class
Feeling adventurous? Take a trip over to Italy and take the class, led by Chicca, on how to make bruschetta (as well as many other amazing dishes)!
Feeling really adventurous? Enjoy a week of classes and an authentic experience of life in Tuscany, Italy, through her all-inclusive Cooking Vacation.
About the Author
Chicca is a Tuscan-based architect and passionate chef of home-cooked food. After many years of cooking for family and friends, she found her calling: teaching people how to cook authentic homemade food while sharing recipes and stories about her incredible culture. She has spread the traditional-Italian and typical-Tuscan cuisine in Italy and abroad for the past 19 years.
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