Bruschetta (pronounced brusketta) is the simplest and one of the most appetizing meals. Italians know the magic of a simple slice of crusty bread dressed with salt and good olive oil. It provides a use for stale bread and makes a good appetizer or snack between meals.
Bruschetta is definitely the precursor to all “garlic breads” and canapés. The main ingredient is a good extra-virgin olive oil.
* 4 slices of thick-crusted Italian country bread approximately 3/8 inch (1 cm) thick
* 1 clove of garlic, peeled
* whole small dry red peppers, spicy (optional)
* extra-virgin olive oil
Preheat an oven, broiler, or toaster, or light up a charcoal fire. Grill the bread on both sides until golden brown.
Lightly rub the garlic on the surface of the bread.
If you like, you may also lightly rub red pepper over the bread.
Pour a thin stream of olive oil on the bread and sprinkle with salt. Serve while still warm.