April 17, 2024

Spicy Parmesan Bruschetta

An easy and delicious apptetizer for the whole family!

Craving a taste of Italy? Look no further than this bruschetta recipe with a delightful twist! We've taken the classic combination of grilled ciabatta and fresh tomato topping and added a touch of fiery magic with red chili flakes. A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese adds a layer of tangy deliciousness, creating a flavor profile that's both familiar and exciting. This recipe is incredibly easy to make, perfect for whipping up a crowd-pleasing appetizer to share with friends and family.

Recipe Info

Yields: 4-6 servings 

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5-7 minutes

Total Time: 10-12 minutes

Calories: 200-300 (per serving

Spicy Parmesan Bruschetta

Ingredients

Bread:

2 ciabatta rolls, sliced into quarters

Topping:

2 cups ripe tomatoes, diced
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup extra virgin oilive oil
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Finishing Touches:

Grated Parmesan cheese
Red chili flakes

Additional Notes

For this recipe we used Campari tomatoes, otherwise known as Tomatoes on the Vine, but you can use any flavorful ripe tomatoes! Experiment with Roma, San Marzano or even large Cherry/Grape Tomatoes.

Make sure that you're using a high-quality extra virgin olive oil! We want a medium to strong flavor of the oil so don't use olive or light tasting extra virgin.

Select your favorite bread! Feeling like an extra hit of flavor? Try using aged sourdough!

Use only the amount of chili as you can stand! Red chili flakes can get real hot real fast, so use with caution!

Prep Ingredients

1. Remove tomatoes from the vine and dice

2. Remove basil leaves from stems and chop, be careful not to bruise those beautiful leaves!

3. Using your knife, smash the garlic and then mince to desired fineness. NOTE: The more you mince your garlic the more intense the flavor!

4. Combine dried Italian Seasoning with Extra Virgin Olive Oil before adding you Bruschetta mixture and let it sit for a few minutes. Why? Oil can rehydrate dried herbs and enhacing their unique flavors

Instructions

1. Combine diced tomatoes, basil, garlic, oil & herb mixture, salt, and pepper in a medium sized bowl. Make sure that everything is throughly combined! Let sit for at least 10 minutes to allow flavors to meld.

2. While the topping is marinating, cut your cibatta rolls and drizzle with 2 tbsp of oil

3. Bake your oiled bread for 7-10 minutes at 425° F or until GBD (Golden Brown & Delicious)

4. Top with bruschetta, sprinkle desired amount of red chili flakes and Parmesan cheese

5. Enjoy with friends and family!

Optional Instructions 

Looking to add even more flavor to this dish? Cook the bruschetta topping along with your bread to not only soften the tomatoes but bring out hidden falvors you can't get anywhere else!

Conclusion

Remember, great food doesn't have to be complicated. This bruschetta proves that with fresh, high-quality ingredients and a little creativity, you can bring the flavors of Italy straight to your kitchen in no time! A drizzle of balsamic vinegar adds a touch of sweetness, while a sprinkle of fresh basil brings an herbaceous note that perfectly complements the tangy tomatoes and savory Parmesan. It's the ideal appetizer or snack that highlights the simple beauty of delicious flavors.

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