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Bruschetta: Story of a Slice of Bread

Bruschetta [bru-SKET-tah]:
 A well known antipasto that began as simply as a slice of bread, rubbed with olive oil and toasted by farmers in harder times. But this "toast" has come a long way—now transformed into countless recipes and worldwide popularity. So what makes bruschetta so special?

Three bowls of DeLallo Bruschetta: Amazing Antipasti

 

Bruschetta Antipasti

BRUSCHETTA: THE STORY OF A SLICE OF BREAD

Bruschetta (pronounced bru-SKET-ah), like pizza, used to be very simple. Imagine it—centuries ago, in one of the many rural parts of central of Italy, where bruschetta is believed to have originated—a farmer who works the Tuscan hillside, warming himself at the fireplace before dinner. He'd cut a thick slice of hard bread, wetting it with a bit of water, and then, roast it over the coals. When the bread was wonderfully warm and crisp, he'd rub a clove of garlic over the slightly charred top. It started out that humbly.

The term bruschetta (the plural form is bruschette) comes from  the Latin verb brusicare, "to burn," referring to the bread itself; however, today it is often used to refer to the topping instead. So, when we speak of bruschetta's origins, we ought to say a word about the kind of bread that was eaten centuries ago. Most likely, it would have been what we now call "sourdough country bread." It was baked in community wood-burning ovens along the outskirts of burgs, villages and small towns. Depending on the village's size, the oven would be used just a couple of times a month. To keep the bread soft, locals would moisten it with water and reheat it over the fire.

 
 
BRUSCHETTA THESE DAYS
Today, a Google search for "bruschetta" yields nearly 1,400,000 results. In the last twenty years or so, bruschetta has become very popular. The subject is written about in books and magazines; chefs discuss the newest variations on television. In many countries around the world—particularly in the US, UK and Germany—there has been a great interest in this simple way of eating. The idea is skyrocketing. But, in Italy, there has always been just two ways to have a bruschetta:
  • Grilled slices of fresh bread, rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil.
  • Chopped tomatoes, minus the seeds and juice, and a few leaves of basil. Some personal variations still exist, of course, such as the addition of garlic, onions and fresh herbs or arugula and extra virgin olive oil.

The popularity of bruschetta undoubtedly stems from its ease of preparation and versatility—all with an elegant appearance. Bruschetta makes for an amazing antipasto paired with a great bottle of wine. As part of a spread, bruschetta accents a myriad of Mediterranean favorites: from specialty meats and cheeses to savory olives and peppers. Served warm or cold and loaded up with seasonal favorites, bruschetta can be made for any season or occasion. And it's more than just a before-meal treat! Bruschetta can be a meal in itself!

DeLallo Appetizer & Antipasti Recipes: Sun-Dried Tomato Brie Bruschetta Toasts

Be Creative: Bruschetta Topping & Combination Inspiration by DeLallo

  • Tuna & Calamata Olives
  • Pear, Gorgonzola & Honey
  • Tomato, Spinach & Parmigiano
  • Prosciutto, Fig & Mascarpone
  • Hummus & Black Greek Olives
  • Grilled Mushrooms & Gruyere
  • Sun-Dried Tomato & Brie Bruschetta

In the Kitchen with Antipasti: Our Favorite Bruschetta Topping Recipes by DeLallo

 

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CLASSIC DELALLO BRUSCHETTA
Made to capture the true flavor of each featured
vegetable, our traditional jarred varieties of bruschetta
are available in four authentic recipes:
Sun-Dried Tomato, Artichoke, Olive and Roasted Pepper.

DELALLO BRUSCHETTA CUPS
5 new varieties
—bold, fresh-flavored bruschettas
refrigerated & packaged in resealable cups:
Olives & Artichoke, Muffaletta, Italian Tomato, Artichoke & Sicilian-Style.

 

 

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