Homemade Bruschetta Spice Mix---Easy To Make!

Christmas Giving On My Mind!

The Bruschetta spice Mix is the sixth item that is ready for the Christmas gift baskets. (Check out this hub for more details about the Bakers dozen gift baskets. I've also added the links at the bottom of the hub)

http://hubpages.com/hub/Christmas-giving-on-my-mind

Of all the quick meals this is my all time favorite. Tomatoes are a staple for me year round and having this spice mix ready makes it so fast and easy to prepare a no fuss dinner for one, or for a bigger crowd that could come over unexpectedly. This mix does not need to be just used on toasted bread it works well served on top of pasta or rice. It's not a secret that I'm not fond of squash but my good friend insists that my Bruschetta spice mix is the best on spaghetti squash... I've taken his word for it for a few years now.

There are two ways of making this spice mix. If you have a dehydrator you can make everything from scratch the old fashioned way or you can take the easier route and buy the ingredients and just mix them together and jar, tin or bag it. Obviously the second method takes almost no time and is the perfect choice for this gifting idea.

Mason jars are great to package this mix as are spice jars, fancy jars and tins. Of only importance is that whatever you're going to be using has tight fitting lids or cork stoppers.

The following recipe will roughly make 12 cups of spice mix. If stored in dark cool location in well sealed containers this mix will be good for 4-5 years (possibly even longer). However if you're thinking of storing it for that long omit the pinenuts as they could go rancid and add them fresh when serving.

Ingredients

4 cups dry pack-sun dried tomatoes---chopped into small cubes
2 cups dehydrated white onions
2 cups dehydrated green onions
1 tablespoon celery seeds
3 tablespoons dried Basil flakes
2 tablespoons dried oregano flakes
1- 2 teaspoons chili peppers flakes or powder (depending on how spicy you like food)
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 cup pine nuts roasted and rough crushed (optional)
1 cup dry Romano or Parmesan cheese finely grated or powder
1 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoon of sugar
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon red Hungarian or Spanish paprika
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder or flakes
1/4 teaspoon cloves powder
1/4 teaspoon thyme powder or flakes


Methodology!

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Jar or bag bruschetta spice mix. Make sure to store the mix in a dark, cool and dry place.

I'll print out the following recipes onto a couple of recipe cards which I'll then attach to the jars or tins of the bruschetta spice mix.

To make up Bruschetta!

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons bruschetta spice mix
4 firm but ripe tomatoes or 5-6 Romano plum tomatoes---cubed
2 cloves of garlic---finely chopped
1 medium red onion---cut into half slices and separated
10-12 leaves of fresh basil---finely chopped
1/3 - 1/2 cup of white vinegar or wine vinegar---to taste
8 thick slices of Italian bread or a baguette sliced on an angle
8 slices of Mozzarella cheese--optional
sliced black olives or capers---optional

Methodology:

~To reconstitute dried herbs, veggies and spices combine 4 tablespoons of olive oil with 2 tablespoons of bruschetta spice mix. Combine all ingredients, gently mix, salt and pepper to taste.
~Spread bread slices onto cookie sheet, place under broil in oven until slightly browned flip and brown other side too... shouldn't take more then 1-2 minutes per side. Spoon bruschetta mix onto bread add olives or capers, cover with slice of cheese if desired place under broil in oven until cheese is soft and bubbly melted. Serve immediately with a glass of red wine...yum.

To make Pasta dish with Bruschetta spice mix!

Ingredients:

1 package Fusili pasta---cooked al dente
3/4 cup of bruschetta spice mix
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
10-12 leaves of fresh basil leaves---chopped
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
4-5 ozs of feta cheese---crumbled
left over chicken, ham, or bacon bits---optional
Dry grated Parmesan or Romano cheese---optional


Methodology:

~Soak Bruschetta spice mix in olive oil while prepping the rest of the meal.
~Combine yogurt, spice mix, basil, feta and if using meat with the cooked pasta.
~Grate small amount of Parmesan or Romano cheese onto each individual plate if wanted. Serve with a fresh garden salad and a bottle of red Chianti wine...a perfect dinner that's ready in less then half an hour.


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Nancie M 2 months ago from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and Seoul, South Korea

What a perfect gift for anyone who like to cook, or to make your own bruchetta for family or company.


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Zsuzsy Bee 2 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hiya Jeanette, hope you will enjoy the recipe. I just bought 3 large beautiful red-est of red tomatoes from the greenhouse down the road, the water is almost boiling for the pasta... guess what I'm having for dinner.... yup I can hardly wait.

Thanks for reading and commenting

regards Zsuzsy


Jeannette 2 years ago

Thanks for coming through for me , was looking for a good bruschetta recipe and found yours :)


Irina 6 years ago

Many thanks, Zsuzsy Bee once again.

We, in Europe (Czech Republic), work with metric system. It means 1kg, 100g, 1m, 1km, 20cm, etc. However, bruschetta is so delicious meal. It worth to convert :-))).


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hi Irina, here in Canada a cup is a measuring 'tool' (8 ounces) as are the tablespoon and teaspoon...

Mind you if you were to use the same cup for all the measurements it would stay in the same proportions.

I hope this helps, regards Zsuzsy


Irina 6 years ago

Hi, Zsuzsy Bee. I am for the first time here. In your bruschetta recipe, you told of "cup" (... cup of dried tomatoes, ... cup of dried onions, etc.). How large is your cup?

Many thanks for answer


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hiya Susan, let me know how you like the bruschetta recipe. I make it regularly, in the summer and fall at least twice a week.

hope you're well

regards Zsuzsy


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Just Ask Susan 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Been looking for a good recipe for bruschetta. Think I have found one here...Thanks Zsuzsy!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hiya Billie, my friends all loved their Christmas basket, and all really enjoyed the bruschetta spice mix. Most asked for a repeat offering...

Thanks for coming by and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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Billie Walker 6 years ago

What a great idea for a Christmas gift in a jar that is new and appealing. Everyone likes bruschetta.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Door spice rack, thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


Door spice rack 6 years ago

Great spices in this hub! thanks for sharing


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hi Dolores, I love to play with different flavors. Most of the spices and herbs that I use have all been experimented with backwards and inside out as I'm working towards my master in Herbalism.

Crustini my fave...yum

always glad when you pop in for a visit

regards Zsuzsy


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

Yum! I'm going to make some up this afternoon to put on crustini but I don't use half the spices, your recipe sounds delicious!


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Kephrira, glad you came for a visit and thanks for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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kephrira 7 years ago from Birmingham

I love bruschetta and make a simple version quite often, I bet your recipe would be lovely.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Duchess, thanks it's still a thrill when the score goes up to that hundred.

greetings zs


Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

Your Hub reached 100 - Congratulations!


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

How are you Laringo? Hope all is well. Always glad when you stop in. Bruschetta is one of my weaknesses (I have many) but I could eat it 7 days a week.

greeting from a gorgeous sunny Canada Zsuzsy


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

This sounds great and I love all that is homemade. I will try this for sure.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Duchess glad you popped in, try making the bruschetta it's easy and soooo soooo good.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Godslittlechild glad you came by for a visit. Thanks for commenting. I had bruschetta with Mozza for my lunch today. It was good.

regards Zsuzsy


Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

I love brushetta too, and I am very pleased to have found a recipe. However, since I don't cook, I'm going to have to see if Hubby will make it for me. :) If he doesn't, guess that means I'll have to mess up the kitchen and try it myself.

Thank you


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Godslittlechild 7 years ago

I love brushetta! I love this hub too!


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Paradise7, you're very welcome. Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

I like it very much and wanted a recipe and here it is! Thank you.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hello Storyteller hope you're well. You should try the recipes I find it the most versatile spice mix. I actually forgot to add that the pasta version is great if you add lobster, crab or shrimp to it also instead of meat.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Storytellersrus 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

this is it. of all your choices, my friends will love this best. sigh.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hello Aslanlight, herb flakes are simply when herbs like parsley or basil dry they crumble and thus become flakes.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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aslanlight 7 years ago from England

I imagine that's delicious. I've never heard of herb flakes though!

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