bruschetta with assorted toppings

by Sam on March 11, 2011

crispy bruschetta toasts with a variety of toppings

Bruschetta (or crostini) with variety of toppings is the perfect pre dinner snack to have with drinks.  You can pretty much put anything tasty on these crunchy, garlicky toasts.

As a crunch junky I simply love them!

I was playing around with the stracciatella cheese I acquired from Puglia Cheese and wanted to add some intense flavour to the creamy mozzarella.

I used the red pesto and the olive and aubergine pesto I had from Pesto Princess.  I had some roasted beetroot dip. I put on a few slithers of smoked tuna , and then made my all time favourite bruschetta topping, a simple salsa with tomato, red onion and fresh basil.

The tomato, red onion and basil combination reminds me of a holiday I spent with a group of friends in a villa in Tuscany just outside Sienna.  We would make this as a snack with evening drinks using tomatoes that actually taste like tomatoes.

The fresh basil came from my first basil plants in my new herb garden.  Grown from seed, the leaves are still small but pungent and packed with taste.

my new herb garden, my succulents and Flash (my neighbours cat that I am besotted with)

You can make bruschetta in a variety of ways.  Rub a garlic clove over bread (slightly stale is good), and drizzle olive oil over and then toast on both sides lightly.  I like to brush already flavoured olive oil (Verlaque basil infused olive oil is stunning), or my own oil that has been languishing in its confit of smoked garlic, or even my homemade chilli oil (if you want a kick).

The creamy straccitella cheese added a depth of richness and mouth feel and carried the flavourful toppings beautifully.

fresh tomato, red onions and basil

scoop onto toasted fresnch bread with stracciatella cheese

cold smoked tuna from The Smoking Shed with a spritz of lime juice and zest

roasted beetroot dip with thyme and garlic

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Merlot_girl March 11, 2011 at 10:08 am

Wow, your blog posts are worth the wait, these look amazing, love the pics.

so

hungry

now..!

:-)

Kimberley March 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I came across your blog yesterday and can’t get enough of it!!
You remind me of a future version of myself…very inspiring! :) Im a fellow food freak who is a Food Product Developer by trade.
Your photographs, recipes and blog posts are fantastic, keep up the great work!!

Love love your bruschettas!!

Lori March 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Perfect with a glass of chilled vino – probably a rose. Happy weekend!

Sam March 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Thanks so much Kim and hope to hear from you again soon.
sam

Pesto Princess March 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Wow, Sam!
These aren’t bruchetta! They’re mini works of art! ;)
We are honoured to be included in your creations; thank you!
Love the kitty! LOVE your title!!

Rares March 12, 2011 at 12:00 am

Seems very tasty and definetly, they are eye-candies!!! Thank you for posting.

heather March 12, 2011 at 3:32 am

Oh heavens, if each and every one of those doesn’t look delicious! After a long week of flying, my fiancée will have both feet firmly on the ground tomorrow — the perfect opportunity for several of these with some fresh fruit and a bottle of wine. We’ll probably spend the evening with our neighbor’s cat as well. He has adopted our backyard as his daytime play/sleep space, and we don’t mind a bit!

Cheers,

*Heather*

Sam March 12, 2011 at 8:24 am

Enjoy Heather! and have a lovely relaxing time with your man (and neighbours cat). Im thinking it might be time to get my own cat since I am so in love with everyone else’s.
Sam

Sam March 13, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Thanks Melissa!

Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls March 15, 2011 at 7:05 am

Oh my! I’m now reallly hungry! These looks fabulous!

Great blog; happy I found you!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Sam March 15, 2011 at 10:02 am

Thank you Mary – I’ll have a loof at your blog.

Alida March 18, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Sammy, these look TO DIE FOR! I just love a good crostini / bruschetta! And with the stunning smoked Tuna from the Shed… *drool*

Ursula February 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Hi Sam,

Just a quick note to say thanks for using our stracciatella in this..