I love when we have a couple of friends over to our place for an intimate relaxed dinner but I’m often at a loss what to serve. I’m at a loss because elaborate, kitchen consuming recipes go against the aim of the night which is to be relaxed, easy going and fun. That’s why this Bruschetta Bar is so perfect, most of the parts can be put together before hand, with a mixture of store bought and homemade components. This allows people to serve themselves, mix and match to their own tastes and allows me to be with my friends more, rather than being a slave to the kitchen all night!
One essential ingredient of course is the grilled bread, it’s basically the vehicle for all the awesome toppings you can think of!Here’s how I make mine:
- Heat a grill or griddle pan over medium high heat.
- Generously drizzle the bread with olive oil on both sides. Using a pair of tongs, transfer the slices of bread to the grill and grill for a few moments until grill marks are present. Flip and continue to grill the bread on the other side for a minute more. Remove and set aside.
- Rub garlic on the toasted bread to give it an extra layer of flavor.
- Arrange the toppings on a large platter or table and serve with the grilled bread.
As for the Bruschetta toppings, we anything goes really but here are a few of my favourites: tomato that’s been drizzled with balsamic, pesto, charred corn, caramelized onions, ricotta, prosciutto, salami, avocado slices, different cheeses – the list is endless!