Bruschetta makes a great appetizer or starter to any dinner party.
The traditional blend of tomatoes and basil is a crowd pleaser, however if you replace the basil with fresh olive tapenade you have a hearty version that works well as a dinner party starter and will also offer guests' taste buds a surprise!
We made our bruschetta with just three ingredients, but if you can or want to add a fourth ingredient, try a slice of mozzarella cheese.
The mozzarella will add another layer of flavor to your dish as well as a creamy texture.
8 ounces of olives (black, green or a mixed)
8 slices of Italian bread
A pinch of salt
Note: Serves 4
Dice your tomatoes and place them on a slice of Italian bread, before placing them in the oven sprinkle a dash of salt on to each slice to bring out the juice of the tomatoes.
*If incorporating the mozzarella, place it on the bread then layer the tomatoes on top of that.
Bake the bruschetta for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
While your bruschetta is baking, rinse your olives to remove the brine and blitz in your blender until they are finely chopped and appear spread like. *Be sure to remove the pits if you must!
Once golden, remove your bruschetta from the oven and top with your fresh tapenade and serve.
If you have olive oil on hand, drizzle it gently over the top.
Impress guests even more by serving Mezzanotte 2008 Verdemare Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Riserva with this Easy and Simple Bruschetta recipe.