Basil & Tomato Bruschetta


Bruschetta

 

“The Big Chill Café” is a chain of cafés located in New Delhi, the capital of India. The café started out in 2000, with Italian cuisine and as an ice-cream café.The interior of the café has been designed to give a slightly retro look. The walls are adorned with framed poster’s of yesteryear’s classics like Casablanca and Hitchcock’s Psycho. The café attracts a fairly eclectic crowd.

Big Chill

 

You must be wondering “Why is she going Ga Ga about “The Big Chill Café ” … let me help you 🙂

I have been away from home ,  for a li’l over 8 months now .  Everyday I crave for a new dish and today for some odd reason I was craving for Italian food …  grrr… withdrawal symptoms and cravings for not just ANY Italian …. ONLY Big Chill Italian ! This craving led me to try and replicate probably the quickest dish on their menu – “Bruschetta” (Italian pronunciation: [bruˈsketta] !

“Bruschetta”  is a fresh , simple & delicious Italian appetizer that can be prepared in minutes and enjoyed at any given time of the year .  The most popular recipe outside of Italy involves basil, fresh tomato, garlic and onion or mozzarella.

I wish I could visit the café again and compare the two versions , but for now my version helps me connect . Presenting to you : Bruschetta – Big Chill style ( read My Style ) !

 

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 French Baguette

4 Medium Tomatoes

1 Clove of Garlic (Minced)

1/4 cup Chopped Fresh Basil

1 tsp dried oregano

1.5 Tbsps. extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

1 Tbsp. Herbed Garlic Butter or EVOO (Optional)

Salt & Pepper (to taste)

 

Process:

1) Chop tomatoes and place in a medium size bowl.

2) Add the balance ingredients (except for the baguette) to the bowl and set aside while you prepare the bread.

3)  Slice the bread at an angle, dividing into equal sections of 1/2 or 3/4 inches. Cutting the bread diagonally will give you more space for the toppings.

4) Smear the bread slices with a little EVOO and Grill using the grill pan or Toast using a toaster. If using Herbed Garlic butter, smear a little after the bread has been grilled / toasted.

5) Place bread on a serving platter and top with tomato mixture.

 

Tips 

1) Set aside the mixture for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to blend well.

2) The mixture can be refrigerated for use at a later time. If refrigerating for a longer time, add salt at the time of use, or else tomatoes will ooze out water & become mushy.

3) Finely Chopped Onion ( 2 Tbsp. ) can also be added to the above mix.

4) You may also rub fresh garlic after toasting for intense flavor.

 

Enjoy 🙂

 

 

References :

1. ^Wikipedia : The Big Chill Cafe

2. ^Wikipedia : Bruschetta

3) ^ Image Source: Finallychopped [ Big Chill Image ]

 

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