Bruschetta is a big part of any visit to Italy, it combines the three major Italian food groups – tomato, olive oil and crusty bread. Some think it is a simple dish, but I think its one of the best ways to highlight and enjoy simple fresh ingredients.
So obviously when I was staying on the Amalfi Coast in Italy having the time of my life I ate a lot of bruschetta. In fact I eat a lot of bruschetta at the best of times, as you can tell from my recent breakfast bruschetta recipe posts: Backpackers Blackberry Breakfast Bruschetta and a Beetroot and Egg Breakfast Bruschetta.
Yet, I always come back to the classic and the original – the tomato and herb bruschetta on crusty bread. How can you beat that?! This meal is a great for a light lunch or an afternoon snack as it is easy and cheap to throw together. Did I mention how spectacular it looks as well? Its jam-packed full of antioxidants (which are apparently important to us), flavour and can be edited to your own specifications.
I love making this meal in Italy when I have fresh ingredients – for some reasons tomatoes always taste better in Italy. However, this dish can be made anywhere in the world for relatively cheap, which is why I think it’s the perfect backpacker recipe. You can whip it together in a short amount of time, with few utensils and do it all on a budget.
Check out this quick video to see how easy it is for you to create this simple masterpiece of culinary delight in your hostel, AirBnB or home.
- If you don’t have a toaster, use a grill, if you also don’t have grill you can toast bread in a frying pan on low heat – just watch it
- Any herb will do – most herbs go well with tomatoes
- You can use normal sandwich bread as well if it is cheaper where you are.
- Olive oil
- Crusty bread
- Basil or parsley
- 1/4 red onion
- 1/2 a red capsicum
- 1 clove of garlic crushed
- 2 large tomatoes or a pallet of small ones
- Buffalo mozzarella
- Salami - if inclined
- 1/2 a lemon
- Finely chop the tomatoes, herbs, capsicum, red onion and tear the mozzarella, place them in a bowl
- Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice
- Season and toss
- Toast some slices of bread
- Rub with crushed garlic while still warm
- Gently pile the tomato mix onto of the bread.
- 5 Euros and can feed as many as 6
- 1 bowl
- 1 knife
- Either a toaster, grill or frying pan to toast the bread