I'm back from Rome, burnt and probably a good few kilos heavier, but in bliss. I've not uploaded my photos from the trip yet, but for starters (pun intended), I want to share a super easy appetiser that's really common everywhere in Rome.
The bruschetta sounds impossibly chic but is simply toasted bread rubbed with garlic, and then covered with (most traditionally) fresh tomatoes and a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. This is one of the lighter dishes out of the mass of deliciously decadent pastas, pizzas and cheeeses I had in Rome, perfect for a summer snack!
Italian Bruschetta with Tomatoes, Olives and Rocket
2 or more slices of good bread of your choice (I used a delicious sourdough bread. You can try slicing ciabattas or baguettes too.)
1 clove of garlic, peeled
1 ripe tomato, chopped
handful of olives
handful of rocket leaves
sea salt, pepper to taste
extra virgin olive oil
1. Toast bread.
2. While still warm, rub garlic over the surface of the toast.
3. Add topping and finish with a generous drizzle of evoo.
The interaction between the hot crisp surface of the toast and the raw garlic infuses the bread (and subsequently, your breath) with that heavenly garlicky smell. The tomatoes freshen the dish up (be sure to use really ripe ones!) and the rocket adds some pepperiness. Yes, it's that easy, and no, it probably wasn't worth paying a few euros for ><