Italian Bruschetta With Herbed Mozzarella & Garlic Tomatoes
photo by PanNan
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- 7 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 -4 sprigs fresh coriander, finely chopped
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 pinch dried marjoram
- 1 pinch dried sage
- 5 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1⁄2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
- 2 large tomatoes, sliced
- 2 slices focaccia bread, thick (or white rustic bread.)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch cracked black pepper
- In a large grill pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
- When oil is hot, press slices of bread or foccacia firmly against the grill. Turn the flame on high until the bread has become slightly and pleasantly streaked with char lines.
- Heat 5 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat, and add crushed garlic.
- Tilt the pan upwards so that the oil collects near the end and 'deep-fries' the garlic until golden brown, on medium to high heat. (this ensures a more wholesome garlic infusion in the oil as you're using a grill pan).
- Set golden brown garlic aside.
- In a small bowl, mix all the herbs together.
- Put in tomato slices in the grill pan and sprinkle the mixed herbs liberally and all over the tomatoes.
- Season with salt and pepper. If you have a cover for the grill pan, do so and let grill on a soft flame for 5 minutes or so. If not, leave to grill for about 7 minutes.
- When the tomatoes are soft, but still retaining their shape - or the time has elapsed, add the grated mozzarella cheese.
- Leave for another 5 - 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted and is bubbling.
- Quickly (before the melted cheese hardens), scoop the cheese covered tomatoes out, and place side by side, slightly overlapped, on the grilled bread. (I find using a fork and a spoon helps to scoop the tomatoes out without breaking them.).
- Season with more salt and pepper, and add chopped fresh coriander herb on the bruchetta.
- Serve immediately.
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I really enjoyed making this recipe ~ easy & flavorful ~ & I followed the ingredients & directions exactly! This is a great addition to any meal, but wonderful all on its own! Thanks for sharing a very nice keeper! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my adopted Joeys in the Aus/NZ Special Recipe Swap #19]
What a wonderful light lunch. I received a new contact grill, and used this recipe to try it out. Fortunately, I had purchased some early season fresh tomatoes at the farmer's stand, and they were just the right size and ripeness for this. I used the exact ingredients called for, and wouldn't change a thing. The cilantro really picked up the fresh flavor. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
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Deux Petits Chefs means "Two Little Cooks". A brother and sister duo who dabbles in the fine art of cooking. One lives in Singapore, currently serving in the national army and loves jazz, the other is studying in Australia and loves art. Both are avid video gamers and each has their own style of cooking. The sister is a casual, laid-back cook, while the brother is a hardcore traditionalist. Areas of Expertise: Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Mediterranean & fusion fare. Both are avid supporters of Authentic Asian food, not the western/pseudo rip offs we see around the world! Go Authentic Asian Food! :)