GREEK BRUSCHETTA RECIPE

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French bread & Greek toppings make up this Italian antipasti, Bruschetta (an open-faced mini-sandwich). This recipe for Greek Bruschetta calls for feta cheese, olives, sweet peppers and chili oil. The ingredients complement each other like little locks and keys.

Greek Bruschetta

To make cooking simple, you need to understand the flavor and texture of ingredients. Once you begin to understand that, you can create gourmet meals in your own kitchen, because then,

You don’t hesitate to substitute. If tamarind adds that acidic tartness, so does lemon or vinegar. The end product will not have the EXACT same flavors or colors but your dish will taste no less good than the original recipe.

You don’t hesitate to eliminate. You begin to differentiate what alters the recipe altogether and what just enhances the taste and what’s just plain weird!

The ingredients for Greek Bruschetta

A couple of years ago, I could not wrap my head around the idea of using cinnamon as a part of sweet dishes and desserts. How can something that is used to make garam masala and other spice mixes be sprinkled on desserts??!!! Ew! Just plain weird right? Until… One day while eating my very Indian pulav/pilaf, I bit into a piece of cinnamon by accident. Getting that piece out instantly and urgently eating another spoon of pulav (to mask the taste of yucky cinnamon) would have been my instinct usually. But, that day before I stuffed my face with pulav, I realized there was some sweetness filling up my mouth. Then it dawned on me, “Oh! Cinnamon is sweet! It’s like some pleasant smelling sugar.” And, that very sweetness is the reason that cinnamon is a part of garam masala (an all spice mix should definitely have an element of sweetness to it, does it not?).

Greek Bruschetta

In short, instead of blindly following a recipe, I make changes to it as per my taste because I understand the reason for the presence/absence of an ingredient.  

Bah! Balderdash! Sounds too complicated? If you have stuck around to reading this post for this long, you will soon start noticing and identifying flavors of ingredients. You do not even have to make a conscious attempt 🙂

Greek Bruschetta

For the Greek Bruschetta, I have given a few substitutions in the “My Take” section. You guys let me know with your comments your secret substitutions 🙂

Here’s the recipe for

Greek Bruschetta

GREEK BRUSCHETTA

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

GREEK BRUSCHETTA

Ingredients

    For the bread
  • A bag of sliced baguette
  • 2-3 tbsp butter
  • For the topping
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/8 cup chopped sweet peppers
  • 1/8 cup sliced olives
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • For the drizzle
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper (Chili flakes)

Directions

  1. Smear the baguette slices with butter and grill them. Set aside.
  2. Keep them warm and crisp by placing in a preheated oven at 200°F.
  3. Heat a tsp of oil in a pan. Add mushrooms and sauté for about 2 min.
  4. Add the garlic powder, salt, spinach and the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Mix well. Turn off the heat. Set aside.
  6. Heat 2 tbsp oil and add the crushed red pepper (chili flakes) into it.
  7. When you are ready to serve, top the baguettes with the mixture. Set them onto a platter and drizzle chili oil onto them.

My Take:

The sweet peppers can be substituted with some chopped cherry tomatoes.

You don’t need baguette and baguette only to make this amazing appetizer. Make triangles of the regular bread and follow the same procedure.

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  5. Hi,
    I liked your thoughts about substituting ingredients to match flavors. I usually top my baguettes with marinara, cheese, sausage slices.
    Spinach n feta are a healthy alternative. Will definitely give it a try.
    What is chilly oil. Did you make it or bought it. We don’t get it here

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