Although authentic Italian bruschetta is grilled over a wood fire, a stove top grill, ridged cast iron skillet or toaster oven also work well and are more practical for most of us.
½ loaf crusty bread, like Italian sourdough
4 large garlic cloves which have been peeled and put through a garlic press
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Coarse sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Take ¾ inch slices of bread, cut diagonally, and grill until both sides are brown. Remove from grill, spread pressed garlic on each slice and drizzle with olive oil. Arange on a serving platter then sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Serve immediately with additional olive oil on the side, or with olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a dipping bowl on the side.
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