Bruschetta is a tasty dish that is perfect for use as an appetizer. Often served in Italian restaurants, bruschetta is easy to make! Simply toast a thin slice of Italian bread and top it with pepper, salt, olive oil, tomatoes, and basil. Yum!
We’ve captured the savory taste of bruschetta in a mix you can use as a dip at a party or for seasoning your food. As you prepare to make your family a delicious dinner with our Bruschetta Cream Sauce, read through these fun bruschetta facts!
1. Bruschetta originated in Central Italy in the 15th century and has today become a menu staple in all Italian restaurants and kitchens.
2. Marcella Hazan however believes that the origin of the dish can be traced back to ancient Rome. According to Marcella, olive growers back in ancient Rome would bring the olives to local olive press and use a bread slice to taste the sample of their freshly-pressed oil.
3. Marcella’s belief comes from the fact that the noun Bruschetta is derived from a verb bruscare from Roman dialect. Bruscare literally means ‘to roast over coals’.
4. There may be variations in toppings such as cheese, cured meat, beans, vegetables, mozzarella, or onion.
5. Brustolina grill is usually used to grill the bread. In Italy’s Abruzzo region, bruschetta is made using a type of salami known as ventricina. Ventricina is nothing but pepper and raw pork encased and aged in a pig bladder to form a paste. The paste is then spread on open bread slices and grilled. This in particular is a method of using bread that was becoming stale.
6. Bruschetta is known as fettunta in Tuscany. This variation does not have any toppings except the olive oil. Fettunta is actually served in November and is meant for tasting the season’s first oil.
Bruschetta Cream Sauce
3 tbsp. Butter
1 cup Heavy Cream
½ cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 package Simply Savory Bruschetta Dip Mix
- Heat the butter and cream in a saucepan over medium heat until almost boiling, but do not boil.
- Add the mozzarella cheese and stir until melted.
- Remove from the heat, and whisk in the Bruschetta.
- Serve over pasta, chicken, or steak.