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Italian Bruschetta made the traditional way

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Traditional Italian Bruschetta

This recipe provides for four portions

Italian bruschetta can be made in your kitchen on a ridged grill pan, toaster or the grill of your stove. This method works just as well as the traditional Italian way of grilling the bread over a wood fire.

Ingredients
Half a loaf of Ciabatta bread, or any similar type if not available
Four crushed garlic cloves (large)
Half a cup of extra virgin olive oil
To taste, coarse sea salt
Ground fresh black pepper

The bread should be cut into diagonal slices of no more than 3/4 inch thick. The bread should be grilled on both sides until it is toasted. The crushed garlic should be spread over each slice of grilled bread. Arrange the slices of grilled bread on the plate you wish to serve from. Drizzle olive oil over the grilled bread. Season with some freshly ground black pepper and a touch of coarse sea salt.

Serve your Bruschetta straight away. As well as offering extra olive oil, have some balsamic vinegar and olive oil in another bowl and offer with your Bruschetta.

[tag] simple bruschetta, Italian bruschetta[/tag]

 

Rosemary Infused Olive Oil

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Rosemary-Infused Olive Oil

Rosemary-Infused Olive Oil is ideal for pouring onto pasta, adding to soup, or as a dipping sauce for crusty Italian bread. Slow cookers are perfect for infusing olive oil with rosemary. It can be done on the stove top. However, it can be difficult to keep the oil from getting too hot.

Cooking Time: 1-1/2 to 2 hours on HIGH
Slow Cooker Size: 4 quart

Makes one cup 

1 cup mild olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary leaves

Pour olive oil into slow cooker and add rosemary leaves. Cook on uncovered on the HIGH setting for up to 2 hours. Turn the slow cooker off. Cool for about 20 minutes, and then remove the rosemary leaves from the oil by pouring it through a sieve or collider lined with a paper towel and placed over a metal bowl. After the oil has cooled completely pour it into a glass jar. Cover and refrigerate. Refrigerated the oil will last up to a month without losing its quality. Do not worry if the oil becomes a bit cloud within the month, it will become clear once it reaches room temperature.

Olive oil can also be infused with other herbs such as basil or garlic. Simply substitute the rosemary for the herb of your choice and prepare in the same fashion.

[tag] rosemary infused olive oil[/tag]

 

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