Monday, September 19, 2011

Appetizing Spread of Bruschetta

I haven't been trying new recipes lately; just cooking the dishes we love with fresh, natural, local, organic produce. But that doesn't stop me from looking and appreciating an appetizing idea from the LA Times Test Kitchen.

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Food editor Russ Parsons, the California Cook of the LA Times, offers a new spread on bruschetta:
When I was cooking a dinner party for a good friend recently, she suggested we try an idea she had seen in a magazine, something the authors called a "bruschetta bar" — setting out toast, olive oil, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil and letting guests construct their own bruschetta. I liked the idea — there's nothing that enlivens a dinner like forcing your guests to help prepare their own food.

That assortment didn't seem particularly generous, so I added a couple more toppings — grilled figs, prosciutto and fresh ricotta — just for a touch of abbondanza. It was a lot of fun, but afterward it struck me that even that expanded selection really was just a start. Particularly at this time of year, when the markets are overflowing with the best of the summer vegetables — tomatoes, eggplant, peppers — the possibilities for bruschetta toppings are almost limitless.

Have a look. 
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