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Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Bruschetta and Garlic Bread

Bruschetta is believed to have its start in the Tuscany region of Italy. Today, the recipe has evolved to meet the changing tastes of people and to take incorporate olive oil and take advantage of the health benefits of the oil. Bruschetta is now frequently brushed with olive oil and topped with tomatoes and sometimes onions. Bruschetta, in the past couple of decades, has become a popular appetizer in Italian restaurants across America replacing the once popular version, garlic bread. These simple slices of bread once only consumed by the poor have made their way into the finest of restaurants.

Bruschetta with drizzled olive oil

Bruschetta is basically a slice of toasted bread that is drizzled with olive oil and is a great way to resurrect a loaf of stale bread. Varieties of bruschetta can be rubbed with garlic or topped with tomatoes. The word “bruschetta” is derived from the Italian verb bruscare, which means to roast over coals.

Bruschetta was originally toasted bread rubbed with garlic, and soaked with oil by the poorer class. Garlic bread on the other hand was the evolved version that was enjoyed by those with a bit more stature. With time the tables have turned and the two have switched roles. Garlic bread has become the common food enjoyed by everyday people. Bruschetta has become the fancy alternative to garlic bread and is now served in upscale restaurants as the started to an Italian meal.

Bruschetta was probably originally the method dipping bread into freshly pressed olive oil to taste enjoy the flavors of the labor after producing olive oil. Country bread is now sometimes deep fried until saturated in olive oil or baked and then drizzled with olive oil. Both versions create a tasty treat.

bruschetta and garlic bread


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