Tuesday 3 April 2012

Tomato-Basil Crostini.. Made Two Ways, Difference b/w Bruschetta & Crostini


Bruschetta (pronounced Brus-K-eta in Italy and Bru-Sh-eta in USA), is derived from the Italian "bruscare," which means "to roast over coals," refers to the bread, not the toppings. Rather large slices of bread are grilled, rubbed with garlic, then drizzled with olive oil. They are usually topped with tomatoes and basil, though other toppings from meats to vegetables can be used.
Crostini, "little toasts," are thinner, smaller slices of bread (usually from a baguette) that are always toasted then piled with various toppings, such as vegetables, savoury spreads, and cheeses.
Though the two terms are different but are used synonymously in most restaurants here.
I love the basil, especially in summer when it’s freshness is just perfect to escape from this heat. I do not mind topping my salad bowl with these refreshing leaves anytime but one product made using these leaves which I can not deny any time, is the Pesto. My family loves the Pesto and I love making it as it’s quick to make and can be stored easily.

Recently, when I visited the Jehan Numa Palace Hotel with the kids and again later with my dear friend A, I had ordered the tomato-basil bruschetta both the times, and loved it to the core. In Jahanuma too, they had used a French loaf for the preparation and yet called it a Bruschetta, Anyways, one bite in to the Bruschetta, was like a visit to the heaven for me, the flavours outburst on my palate and I just craved for more. I decided to attempt it in my kitchen and glad I did, as me and my kid were grinning eating these beauties. We were overwhelmed with joy and my kid showed his thumbs up, after finishing his plate. The first version made use of the Pesto but I wanted to make another version again which I wanted to simplify further, so that it would not depend on the Pesto and yet gave the same satisfaction and freshness.

I made use of the  home made ‘Garlic Oil’ for toasting the crostini, to give it a distinguished garlic flavour and then spread the toppings over it. So here are the two ways of using tomato-basil as toppings..


Ingredients For

Version I- Pesto-Tomato Bruschetta
Preparation Time:10Mins
Baking Time:6-7mins

1-2 small size tomatoes, deseeded & finely chopped
a pinch of freshly ground pepper
7-8 slices toasted baguette/French loaf
Home made garlic oil
More EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) if required

Method 1

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Apply Home Made Garlic Oil lightly on the bread slices and bake on 180C for 6-7mins.
Wash and finely chop the tomatoes, mix the Home made Basil Pesto and pepper, to make the topping.
Spread the topping on the freshly baked bread and serve immediately.


Version II- Tomato-Basil Bruschetta
Preparation Time:5mins
Baking Time:6-7mins

7-8 baked French loaf/Baguette Slices
3small tomatoes finely chopped
1thick garlic clove chopped finely
2-3tsp freshly chopped Basil leaves
2tbsp EVOO
salt & pepper to taste
Home Made Garlic Oil

Method 2

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Bake the bread slices as in Method 1.
Mix all ingredients other than bread and top it over bread slices.
Serve immediately.


I can promise that both these versions of crostini, make ideal starters and after school snack. Sending this to my event ‘Only’ Snacks & Starters, hosted by Raji.

Tip: The Crostini should be served immediately after putting the topping else it will turn soggy and chewy.
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Anjali Bapna Shukla said...

Oh gal! Are you serious about this, really?? They look so divine, I can't even express in words.
BTW, what is this EVOO?

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Faseela said...

wow....super recipe

Pari Vasisht said...

Dear Anjali, I'm so glad that you liked it. EVOO stands for Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

kanan said...

i would love to try the pesto one. looks amazing.

Charu Srivastava said...

wow luks beautiful...send it to my event teatime

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

This makes me drool and nicely explained and done

Rani acharyulu said...

Lovely delicious platter looks inviting...i tasted tomato and Basil Bruschetta in Singapore,you remind me that recipe.I will try soon....now a days we are getting french loaf here...thank you for sharing....

Aarthi said...

yummy appetizer


hotpotcooking said...

Lovely crostini

Hema said...

Love both the versions, to the second version I add a little parmesan cheese..

Shama Nagarajan said...

wondeful recipe...inviting you to join fruit of the month event : http://easy2cookrecipes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/fruit-of-month-grapes-event_02.html

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious combination looks wonderful

Rasi said...

i love these too.. had it recently & am hooked.. they look really good!

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Achu's Amma's Kitchen said...

omg awesome clicks and feel hungry..i loved both version...super

Unknown said...

Would be perfect for a tea party

Nitha said...

Delicious recipe... Loved the first one a bit more.

Julie said...

Perfect appetizer..both look delicious!!
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Mythreyi said...

Pari, looks like you have just read my mind.. I am craving for these Bruscheta from the past week, couldn't find fresh basil here to make... Love the second version, bookmarked the first version.. and superb clicks..

Yum! Yum! Yum!

KrithisKitchen said...

Have some homemade pesto in fridge.. will try this crostini soon..
Serve It - Pressure Cooked/Slow Cooked

Amina Creations said...

wow... such an informative post.. and the Bruschetta looks amazing... fantastic clicks..

Gayathri NG said...

Looks appetizing n delicious snack...

Unknown said...

thnks for letting me knw abt it dear...will surely send the recipe...:)

halal foodie said...

looks delicious, love the plate :)

Sravs said...

Super delicious and appetizing one !!

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Savi-Ruchi said...

Love eating bruschetta! Thanks for letting know the difference between the two!

Amarendra said...

Awesome recipe.. just awesome, no words to describe it. Even I was not aware of EVOO, but I googled and got the meaning.

Ramya said...

Wish I cud grab a few of those yummy Bruschettas:-)

easyfoodsmith said...

What a tempting post! Both look equally delicious. Beautiful presentation and clicks. Thanks for the info on Bruschetta and Crostini.

Archana said...

Looks awesome. Love the pictures.

Kalyani said...

wow tempting and delicious ......

Bergamot said...

both the version look wonderful

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

yum! ur so fortunate to get baguette where u stay coz i have been hunting for it to make crostini for long. looks fabulous

farah saleem said...

this is my favourite starter when we go to an italian eat out!....well....now we can make it at home.thanks to u!!:)


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