Bruschetta, the Olive Oil kingdom

Bruschetta, the Olive Oil kingdom, is an Italian appetizer consisting of grilled bread, chopped tomato, fresh basil and of course olive oil.

There are a lot of variations around the world, which may include mozzarella, vegetables, beans, cured meat, truffle sauce and so on. The fanatics of Bruschetta love to rub the bread with garlic before grilling, and add oregano just before serving.  With this little trick all the intriguing flavours of the south of Italy are on top of a slice of grilled bread.

How to make the perfect Bruschetta Caprese

Ingredients for two people:

  1. 4 slices of Italian or baguette bread, about 2 – 3 cm thick
  2. 15 Cherry tomatoes
  3. Garlic
  4. Extra virgin olive oil
  5. 6 Fresh basil leaves
  6. Oregano
  7. Salt
  8. Mozzarella cheese
  9. Pitted black olives

Preparation:

Before grilling the bread on a pan, rub the slices with garlic. Put in a bowl the chopped cherry tomatoes, the pitted olives and 4 chopped basil leaves. Add salt more or less to taste and olive oil. Toast the bread until is lightly browned on both sides. Put the mozzarella on the grilled bread and then upon it put the content of the bowl.

 

Use the remaining leaves of basil to garnish. Before serving add oregano and olive oil.

In the web there are a lot of articles that state: “the only fat we want on bread is butter.”

They are pretty right, butter is fat for sure. It is composed of 66% saturated fat and a serving of butter has 33mg of cholesterol. On the other hand, olive oil contains just 33% saturated fat, and has no cholesterol because is obtained from the plants and not from milk like butter.

For this reason people who are lactose intolerant have a pretty good alternative.

No one is trying to say that olive oil is better than butter. Both are in the fat group and according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture you have to consume “sparingly”. But if you have cholesterol issues, you should stick to a Mediterranean Diet in order to prevent heart diseases.

Remember not all olive oil are the same. When possible prefer an organic product, and for cooking and baking use always virgin or extra virgin olive oil. Virgin means that no chemicals were used during the production of the oil.

Do you have any question about this recipe? Are you looking for some tips about the Mediterranean Diet? Just leave a comment and I will answer as soon as possible.

 

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/20/butter-olive-oil-better_n_4816475.html

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/olive-oil-myths-and-facts.html#b

 

 

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