Bruschetta is one of the most popular Italian appetizers and it also makes for a great Super Bowl snack. Enjoy the big game this Sunday with a classic recipe that’s been passed down from the Candoni De Zan Family to yours!
This traditional Italian antipasto is a light dish that’s perfect for pairing with a soft white wine and sharing with a large group of friends. In this recipe, we’ll teach you the basics of making the perfect Bruschetta that all of your dinner guests will be talking about.
PART ONE: Bake the Crostini
1 large baguette, sliced into ½ inch pieces
¾ cup of extra virgin olive oil
Pinch of coarse salt (seasoned to taste)
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2) While preheating, lightly brush both sides of the baguette slices with olive oil and lightly season with salt. Arrange the baguette slices on a large baking sheet without stacking.
3) Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown in color. Flip baguettes slices over halfway through baking to allow for even toasting. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet.
PART TWO: Making the Bruschetta topping
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, chopped
½ cup fresh basil leaves, julienne
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar
Salt and pepper (seasoned to taste)
1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
1) Add tomatoes chunks and basil to a large mixing bowl.
2) Without mashing the tomato chunks, slowly add olive oil, red-wine vinegar, salt and pepper while stirring.
3) Using a small spoon, top each crostini (from step one) with the bruschetta mixture.
4) Add 1 small Kalamata piece to the top of each crostini.
5) Serve and enjoy!
Pairing It With The Right Wine
Looking for a perfect wine pairing to go with bruschetta? Because this recipe highlights the acidic, flavorful taste of tomatoes as the central ingredient, it’s important that the wine you choose is equally balanced and light. We recommend pairing your bruschetta with a crisp white wine that will enhance the flavor of the appetizer without overpowering it.
Candoni Pinot Grigio – This white wine has a light, medium body that won’t overpower the subtle flavors of Bruschetta. With a crisp texture and slight zing of acidity, this is the perfect option to pair with your appetizer!
No matter what team you’re rooting for, the Candoni De Zan Family wishes you an exciting and safe celebration this weekend. Check back soon for more recipes from the Candoni Kitchen!