Pesto Bruschetta

Pesto Bruschetta

The secret ingredient to the best bruschetta? Sun, pesto, and good company. We’d never dream of eating bruschetta in mid-winter, and we’d certainly never eat them alone. There is just something about sharing food with family and friends that makes it taste all the better.

The sun is important for another reason, though. Bruschetta is all about using the highest quality, preferably local, but compulsorily seasonal ingredients. You don’t have to drop huge money on heirloom tomatoes from your local farmer’s market, but it helps.

Pro tip
For extra-crispy toast, spread a little full-fat mayonnaise on them before grilling.

Ingredients for 16 canapes

Ciabatta 1 large loaf
Pesto 50g
Beef tomatoes x3
Red onion x1
Garlic x1 clove
Olive oil 15g
Balsamic vinegar 10g
Prosciutto x8 slices
Parsley for garnish
Seasoning to taste

Cut your ciabatta loaf into 16 equal slices (the easiest way is to cut the loaf in half, then half those halves, then half those halves) and grill them until crispy. Set aside.

Thinly slice the red onion, peel the garlic clove, and chop the parsley.

Cut the tomato into quarters, scoop out and discard the seeds, blot them dry with a sheet of kitchen towel, and slice into pea-sized chunks.

Add the tomatoes and red onion to a bowl (you should have about 300g in total) and season with salt and pepper. Add the oil and vinegar, and mix well.

Take the raw garlic clove, and very lightly (don't go too heavy or the pungency will be unbearable) brush some onto the toasts. You should aim to use no more than half of the clove spread over all 16 toasts.

Spread on a generous amount of pesto, half a slice of prosciutto, the tomatoes, onion, and herbs.

Serve with something fizzy.