Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Great Time for a Great Appetizer--Bruschetta

Because there's nothing like fresh basil, Capri Flavors Chef Titina grows two large patches of this classic Italian herb every summer. It's a prime ingredient in one of her cooking class favorites, bruschetta. Fresh tomatoes are also at their peak right now, making it the perfect time to try this elegant but easy starter. Since the preparation is simple enough for even a novice cook, Titina likes to use it as a warm up for her classes. Here's how she makes her famous bruschetta-

  • Slice a baguette into 1/2 inch pieces and toast them in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes

  • Finely chop tomatoes and basil (which have been washed and dried wrapped in kitchen towels)

  • Mince or press 2-3 cloves of garlic (Titina uses and nifty and inexpensive garlic press that Capri Flavors sells)

  • Combine tomatoes, herbs, and dress with salt and pepper and lots of olive oil (Titina uses Basso Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a Capri Flavors favorite)

  • Then spoon over crispy bread and serve.

Like most classic Italian food, it is a simple dish that relies on the best ingredients. Enjoy.
And for Titina's new class schedule, just click. You'll find them all in an early blog posting.

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