Believe it or not, in Italy “bruschetta” actually refers to the piece of bread underneath your choice topping! And there are number of popular plant-based toppings that commonly eat with bruschetta in Italy: mushroom, eggplant and peppers are some of the most common in my region. But today we’re making my favourite: tomato!
This is a recipe that I originally picked up from my Mama after making it for years together back in Canada. I’ve always got a bowl of tomato bruschetta in my fridge because it’s extremely versatile and can be enjoyed a number of ways: traditionally – on top of bread, or with fresh farm eggs and potatoes for breakfast, and later on easily turned into a delicious pasta sauce. Personally, I like it “day-old” and on top of some fresh toasted baguette slices.
MAKE IT SUSTAINABLE! Make sure you are purchasing organic ingredients (that includes your olive oil and balsamic vinegar) without plastic packaging, and save your produce scraps to later use in a home made vegetable broth. (If you are not making the broth immediately, the scraps can be frozen.)
- 3 Organic Roma Tomatoes
- ½ ½ Organic Garlic Clove (Minced)
- ¼ Organic Red Onion (Small, finely chopped)
- 2-3 Fresh Organic Basil Leaves
- ½ tbsp Organic Balsamic Vinegar (or Red Wine Vinegar)
- 1 tbsp Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 4 pinches Oregano
- Salt to Taste
- Chop your produce and add to a medium bowl. The roma tomatoes should be chopped into 1cm cubes (approximately), the garlic clove is finely minced and the onion is finely chopped. Usually, I either rip the basil leaves into pieces – or I loosely chop it.
- Add the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, oregano, salt and mix!
- Optional: I prefer to keep in fridge overnight to allow the flavours to really soak into the bruschetta.
Amber Roy is the founder of The CTRL Lab, a Digital Delegation agency that empowers small business owners and helps them grow a successful business, while promoting a sustainable work/life balance.
She currently lives abroad in southern Italy with her partner, Stefano, where together they continue to build a sustainable life that is rich in Italian culture.
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