This is a very easy recipe for a tasty vegetarian “Bruschetta” with a Camembert cheese twist, however you could use whatever (soft) cheese you prefer (such as Goats Cheese, Brie Cheese, Soy Cheese, etc) or you could even omit the cheese altogether for a more traditional Italian Bruschetta. It is SUPER-EASY and SUPER-QUICK to make, and it is best with a sprinkling/garnish of Fresh Basil leaves (……I didn’t have any fresh basil when the photograph for this recipe was taken 🙁 , and I wasn’t about to substitute fresh basil for dried….). DO NOT use dried herbs if you don’t have fresh herbs – dried basil is nothing like fresh basil (IMHO), and will probably spoil the dish…. it’s better to leave it out altogether in that case.
Preparation Time: approx. 10 minutes
Cooking Time: Zero
Serves: approx. 4
- 1 x small/medium loaf of Italian Style Ciabatta Bread, (or if unavailable, a long french bread stick, etc), cut into reasonably thick (15-20 mm ) slices
- Approx. 100g of a good quality Camembert Cheese
- 4-6 medium size tomatoes, diced or cut into small pieces (or you can use the small “Cherry Tomatoes” cut into halves – about 250g will suffice)
- 1 x small-medium Red Spanish Onion, finely chopped / diced,
- 1 x Clove of Fresh Garlic, chopped finely (OPTIONAL – if you prefer lots of garlic then add it, but if not, then just wipe the bread with the cut garlic clove)
- 1 x Clove of Fresh Garlic – peeled and cut in half – used for wiping/brushing the toast, then discarded
- 1-2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
- Freshly Ground Sea Salt – (add according to taste)
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper – (add according to taste)
- approx. 2 Tablespoons of Fresh Basil – washed and drained (must be dry), and TORN into small pieces. DO NOT CUT OR CHOP THE BASIL LEAVES unless you are consuming the Bruschetta immediately/do not care about the appearance – Fresh Basil leaves will turn black when cut with a knife or metal blades….
- Place the tomato pieces into a bowl, add the Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil, Chopped Garlic, chopped onion and the Fresh Basil. Stir very gently until combined. Cover with some plastic wrap and put aside to marinate all the juices and the flavors together, until ready.
- Toast or Grill the bread until it is a light golden color. Remove and then lightly wipe each piece of bread with the pieces of cut garlic, to give the bread a VERY SUBTLE garlic flavor.
- Place the pieces of bread on a serving platter, and drizzle a bit of the oil and juices from the tomato mixture over each piece of toast.
- Place some Camembert cheese over each piece of toast/bread, and then top with the tomato-onion mixture and serve immediately.
Bruschetta is great for; Brunches, Party / Finger Food, as a Healthy Snack or as an Entre dish (Appetizer) .