Friday, March 18, 2022

Traditional Italian Bruschetta with Burrata and Tomatoes

 Bring a taste of Italian summer to your table with these fresh and tasty  bruschetta topped with Italian creamy burrata cheese, fresh tomatoes and basil. A must-try recipe, for sure!

As you may know, bruschetta is the deliciously world-renowned Italian open sandwich (no bread on top), made with a thick slice of grilled bread, traditionally topped with simple fresh tomatoes, flavored with garlic and basil. 
But really, a bruschetta, as any sandwich, is a blank canvass for your culinary imagination to come alive. You can work from the basic recipe and add your favorite fresh ingredients.
In today's recipe for this delicious appetizer, I'm adding some fresh and creamy burrata cheese on top of the bread, to bring a delicate layer of creamy and cheesy indulgence to this Italian masterpiece. 
If you've tasted fresh burrata before, you'd know what I'm talking about... This amazing fresh and creamy Italian cheese looks just like a fresh mozzarella ball from the outside, but once you cut through it, you will find a mouthwatering and creamy center. To die for!

The secret to success when making bruschetta, given that it's made of a few simple ingredients, is mainly in finding good quality ingredients.
For this recipe, you need savory tomatoes  (make sure to smell your tomatoes before buying them). You can use heirloom tomatoes (like I did) or also sweet cherry tomatoes, campari or grape tomatoes.
And you need a great crusty bread loaf, soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, like a French, Italian or Pugliese loaf, better if hand cut into this slices of bread.

One more secret: I like to cut the bread in extra thick slices, so that when you grill the bread it will be golden and crunchy on the outside, but still soft on the inside. If you were to slice the bread too thin, you'd end up with fully crunchy toast... which is NOT what I look for in my bruschetta.  

Once grilled, brush the bread with a garlic clove. I find that the brushing gives enough of a garlicky and spicy flavor to the bread, without over powering the taste of the creamy cheese and tomato mixture. 

As I mentioned, you can really go crazy with your bruschetta toppings and create the most amazing easy appetizer recipe.
Think: avocado/ tomatoes, grilled veggies and a drizzle of pesto sauce,  a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, fresh mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, cucumber and ripe tomatoes, grilled red peppers, roasted tomatoes, fresh herbs,  ... the options are endless. 
Here are two other recipes for bruschetta you might like.
Tomatoes and Grilled Zucchini Bruschetta

Ready to try this too?!? Here is my simple recipe. Buon appetito!

RECIPE CARD: How to Make Traditional Italian Bruschetta with Burrata Cheese

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