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Bruschetta

From Michael Rossi

Ingredients

The Bread

Preparation

  • Cut a French baguette in to 1/2 inch thick slices.

  • Rub the bread lightly with garlic cloves

  • Drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil

  • Toast until golden brown.

  • Add the following toppings.

Peperonata

Ingredients

3 each - Red Bell Pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and julienned
1 each - Red Onion, small diced
3 each - Tomatoes, peeled, seeded and small diced
1/2 cup - Basil Leaves
1/2 cup - Sicilian Green Olives
3 tablespoons - Capers, salt-cured, rinsed and drained
1 ounce - Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 cup - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
to taste - Salt and Pepper

Preparation

  • In a large skillet over medium heat warm the olive oil and sauté the onions until translucent.

  • Next add the vinegar to the pan and allow to reduce by ˝.    

  • Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally until most of their liquid has evaporated.

  • Finally add the peppers and stir in the basil, olives and capers and simmer for a few minutes to allow the flavors to infuse.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Yield:  1 cup

Green Olive Tapenade

Ingredients

1 cup - Sicilian Green Olives, pitted
1 ounce - Pine Nuts
1 ounce - Italian Parsley, chopped
1 ounce - Basil
1 ounce - Thyme, chopped
1/2 teaspoon - Lemon Zest
1 teaspoon - Capers, salt cured, rinsed and drained
1 clove - Garlic
2 1/2 ounces - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
to taste - Salt and Pepper

Preparation

  • Pulse the olives in a food processor until well chopped.

  • Add the remaining ingredients except for the olive oil and pulse until almost puree.

  • Next add the olive oil in a stream with the machine running until the mixture is smooth.

  • Season to taste with Salt and Pepper.

Yield:  1 cup

Tomato and Basil Salsa

Ingredients

2 large - Tomatoes, small diced
1 each - Red Onion, small diced
1 ounce - Basil, chiffonade
2 cloves - Garlic, thinly sliced
2 ounces - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon - Balsamic Vinegar
to taste - Salt and Pepper

Preparation

  • Combine all the ingredients into a medium size bowl and mix well.

  • Season well with Salt and Pepper.

Yield:  1 cup

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