Are you looking for bruschetta recipes? I offer a good recipe for classic bruschetta, but you may also enjoy the more innovative beet and goat cheese bruschetta, or asparagus and blue cheese bruschetta.There is often some disagreement as to whether a particular dish, consisting of some kind of bread and topped with some kind of topping, is bruschetta, or crostini. In my experience, food purists will insist that bruschetta is a term reserved only for toasted bread rubbed with roasted garlic and brushed with olive oil. So had I served a trio of bruschettas, or a trio of crostinis? I did a little digging into this debate.
Based on the definitions I could find online, the two words are not clearly distinct:
[kroh-STEE-nee] 1. Meaning "little toasts" in Italian, crostini are small, thin slices of toasted bread, which are usually brushed with olive oil. 2. The word also describes canapés consisting of small slices of toast with a savory topping such as cheese, shrimp, pâté or anchovies. 3. Sometimes crostini refers to the equivalent of a crouton used for soups or salads.
It consists of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Variations may include toppings of spicy red pepper, tomato, vegetables, beans, cured meat, and/or cheese; the most popular American recipe involves basil, fresh mozzarella, and tomato.
In the U.S. most people associate bruschetta with a particular combination of finely chopped tomatoes and herbs, possibly with cheese as well. With apologies to the purists, I have decided to defer to popular practice and use "bruschetta" to refer to the category of appetizers utilizing sliced baguette topped with finely chopped and mixed vegetables.
Feel free to post comments if you have a feeling one way or another. I love to hear what folks think!
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