One of the staples of classic Italian cuisine - and an easy vegan starter if you’re catering to different dietary requirements - bruschetta is a simple but delicious way to begin your meal.

  

Bruschetta

 

The traditional recipe calls for just tomato, grilled bread, garlic and a drizzle of olive oil - but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with your recipe. We’ve come up with some ways you can add a little bang to your bruschetta and really impress your dinner guests.

 

  1. Swap Your Olive Oil for Chilli Oil: Anyone who likes a little kick with their food will love this warming twist on traditional bruschetta. The chilli in the oil perfectly complements the tomato and adds a little hint of spice.

  2. Chop Olives With Your Tomatoes: Cubed tomatoes are an essential part of the bruschetta, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go one step further and add your own ingredients into the mix. Olives add a delicious bit of saltiness to the dish and pair well with the olive oil.

  3. Add Some Spreadable Salami: Did you know that ventricina is a variety of bruschetta native to the Abruzzo region of Italy? It’s served with salami - which gave us an idea. Add a helping of ‘Nduja spreadable salami to your bread for a unique and tasty treat.

  4. Substitute the Bread for Sourdough Crackers: Grilled bread makes a good base for pretty much anything, if you ask us, but if you want to add a little twist to your bruschetta, you can make it more interesting with crunchy sourdough crackers which are full of flavour.

  5. Add a Hint of Pesto: Tomato and basil is the classic Italian combination, and what better way to serve basil than in a delicious pesto?! Already filled with garlic and ready to spread, you can add a little organic pesto to the bread before topping it with tomatoes to enhance the flavour.

 

Ready, set, cook!