September 30th is International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day! Celebrate the ancient, noble, liquid elixir with delicious & easy Bruschetta. The word bruschetta originated from the Italian verb “brusciare” to burn & was considered a working man’s food using day old bread, with 4 simple ingredients; extra virgin olive oil, tomato, basil & parsley. Garlic, cheese & meat were added over the years depending on the season & ingredient availability. No set recipe, we just stayed true to the original; using our Villa Graziella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, fresh tomatoes, quality country style bread, backyard basil & parsley, sea salt & cracked pepper. Prepare ahead & serve at room temperature as a healthy half time snack, delicious appetizer, or side bread for soup & salad.
Serves 6-8 as an appetizer or side condiment
Fresh, in season, cluster of on the vine, room temperature cherry tomatoes, chopped
1 baguette loaf country Italian or French bread, sliced
4-5 tablespoons Villa Graziella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus extra to flavor
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
Sea salt & cracked pepper (to taste)
Stir together tomatoes, basil, parsley & olive oil in a bowl, set aside.
Add salt and pepper to taste, salting at the end, as it tends to break up the tomatoes.
Brush both sides of bread with olive oil, place on the grill top or preheated in an oven at 300°F.
Turn slices over when brown, heat other side.
Remove from heat, spoon tomato mixture on to bread.
Serve & enjoy with Villa Graziella artisan crafted wine made with organic grapes.