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How to make Bruschetta

Updated on October 15, 2015

My Son's fantastic homemade, bubbly Italian Bruschetta

It's always interesting when you come face-to-face with the reality that your children are growing up. Here I thought that I was the one teaching my children how to cook, but come to find out, both of my boys have surpassed my limited wanna-be chef skills and they are now teaching me!

I took great pleasure in being HIS sous-chef while Bobby prepared his Scrumptious Bruschetta.

Bobby secret is using thick slices of tomatoes so have plenty on hand
Bobby secret is using thick slices of tomatoes so have plenty on hand

Ingredients

A healthy and quick way to use tomatoes and basil

Soft Loaf bread (Italian or French)

garlic bulb

3-5 ripe Tomatoes

Sliced or Shredded Mozzerella Cheese

Handful Fresh Basil Leaves

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sheet Pan

Use a good quality extra virgin olive oil like Colavita or Lucini
Use a good quality extra virgin olive oil like Colavita or Lucini

Preparing the Bruschetta

Slicing, slicing and more slicing

Slice the bread about 1/2" thick.

Place your bread slices on a loaf/sheet pan and drizzle with good quality extra virgin olive oil. We used Colavita which was delicious. Next time we'll try our Lucini. Both brand are the best as far as we're concerned. Toast the bread in the oven until they are crusty but not burnt. WATCH bread carefully.

Cut your garlic bulb in half. As soon as you take the bread out of the oven carefully rub each slice with the garlic. The heat from the bread will "melt" a bit of the garlic on each slice.

Tear your basil leaves. You don't want to cut them because that bruises the delicate leaves. Layer the bread slices with torn Basil Leaves.

Bobby's secret is using thick slices of tomato and plenty of them!
Bobby's secret is using thick slices of tomato and plenty of them!

Slicing and Placing the Tomatoes

Thick slices are Bobby's secret!

Slice your tomatoes about the same thickness. Bobby's secret is using 1/2 - 3/4" slices of really ripe tomatoes. If you love tomatoes, then you'll really appreciate having the extra thick slices! MUCH better than what you're served in restaurants.

Place tomato on the bread slices. Another of Bobby's secrets is that he doesn't skimp on the tomatoes! Cut pieces of tomato so that the entire piece of bread is covered.

Bobby prefers shredded cheese because it covers better and seems to brown better too!
Bobby prefers shredded cheese because it covers better and seems to brown better too!

Cheese Please!

Shredded over sliced Mozzerella

Next comes your layer of mozzerella cheese. Bobby prefers shredded to sliced. We will try fresh mozzerella next time just to see if that makes a difference. Be generous with your cheese and entirely cover your sliced bread. He likes to mound the cheese a bit so that it browns just a tad in the oven.

Baking and then broiling is Bobby's last secret to his Scrumptious Bruschetta!
Baking and then broiling is Bobby's last secret to his Scrumptious Bruschetta!

Bake and then Broil for Perfect Cheesy Bruschetta!

Place your Bruschetta in a 450 degree oven and bake for approximately 6 minutes. You want the cheese to melt and start to bubble.

Take the Bruschetta out (you can eat it now - we did 'cause we just couldn't wait for him to use the broiler! Our picture is pre-broiler!). Turn on your oven's broiler and when it is hot, place the Bruschetta in the oven for 1-2 minutes. You want the cheese to start to turn brown but don't want the bread to burn.

Serve immediately. I promise that the smell of this scrumptious treat will draw people from every corner of your house into the kitchen! We had our windows open and tantilizing aroma of Bobby's Bruschetta brought his father indoors! ENJOY!

Since we roast tomatoes and garlic, we'll try some Bruschetta with these smoky ingredients in the future!

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