Monday, 13 July 2015

Mango & Tomato Bruschetta !


Bruschetta (pronounced Brusketta) is an Italian starter recipe also known as Antipasto. Antipasto means "before the meal" and it is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal. It is such a simple recipe and can be made in a jiffy when you have guest or party and want to do this for a bigger crowd. Very refreshing and has full of fresh flavors from the tomatoes, basil and the Olive oil. 
The best part is you have a wide choice when it comes to toppings. It can be tomatoes, roasted veggies with cheese, or meat.



INGREDIENTS
  • 1 small Baguette  (French Bread)
  • 1 small Mango (Ripe but firm) (Finely Chopped)
  • 1  fresh tomato (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (finely chopped)
  • few basil leaves (or mint) (finely chopped)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 pinches black pepper
  • 1 tsp dry Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Other dried Herbs
  • 2 tbsp E.V Olive oil
  • 2 big garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp approx Balsamic Vinegar (optional) (I didnt use)
STEPS
  • Slice the baguette diagonally with a bread knife as shown.
  • Combine the mangoes, tomatoes and onion with a bowl.
  • Season with salt and pepper, add some oregano and other herbs.
  • Add finely chopped basil or mint.
  • Drizzle some EV Olive oil and mix well and your topping is ready.
  •  Now , rub all the baguette slices with raw Garlic. You should need 2 cloves atleast to rub around 10 slices of baguette.
  • Arrange the slices on a roasting tray and drizzle some olive oil on top of the slices. 
  • Roast in a preheated oven at 200 deg C for 5 - 6 minutes until you see the bread has nice golden spots and toasted well.
  • Just top the slices with a spoonful of mango topping and serve !
  • Sprinkle some dry herbs on top of you wish to.
 NOTES
  • If you have no access to baguette , just use the normal bread. Cut them into half and toast it on a toaster or just stove top with some olive oil or butter until they are nice and crisp.
  • Instead of roasting the baguette in the oven, you can also toast them on a tawa / griddle brushing them with olive oil and rubbing with garlic.
  • Basil gives a nice flavor and makes it authentic Italian, but dont you worry if you dont have.. Mint will do the job well. Or even cilantro or parsley.

With Love,

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