How To Make Bruschetta With Pesto
- Fresh basil – one cup
- Parmesan and Romano cheese – one fluid ounce (grated)
- Chopped nuts – optional (almonds, walnuts and pine nuts)
- White balsamic vinegar – one tablespoon
- Fresh baby or cherry tomatoes – one cup (cut into halves or quarters). If you do not have cherry tomatoes, you can use two plum tomatoes.
- Baguette – twenty four slices (toasted). Whole grain crackers can also be used.
- Olive oil – one tablespoon
- Lettuce or arugula – one cup (The latter provides a distinct flavor to the recipe, which is Italian)
- Salt – quarter teaspoon
- Garlic – one clove, cut into four pieces
Method Of Preparation:
Tomato and pesto bruschetta is a vegetarian recipe, which is delicious and mouth-watering. Prepare the pesto and keep the other ingredients ready, so as to minimize preparation time.
Recipe For Pesto:
- Wash the fresh basil leaves. Place them on a tissue paper till they are dry.
- Blend the leaves in a blender, along with garlic, spinach or arugula, toasted pine nuts, almonds and walnuts, olive oil, Parmesan or Romano cheese, salt, white balsamic vinegar and pepper.
- You can add a small amount of water, to ensure easy blending.
- Your pesto is ready, which is similar to butter in its texture.
Recipe For Bruschetta:
- Heat the oven to about 375 degree Fahrenheit.
- Toast the bread for three minutes.
- Now, apply the blended mixture over the baguette or bread.
- Garnish with tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. Nuts and basil leaves are optional for topping.
- Place in the oven for three minutes. Melting of the cheese is also an indicator of the finished product.
Tomato Bruschetta Health Benefits
- This Tomato and pesto bruschetta recipe contains wheat and gluten and is thus not recommended for individuals with gluten sensitivity.
- Pesto and tomato bruschetta is a vegetarian meal, which also comprises of nuts and dairy products.
It is a low fat recipe, and proves to be appropriate for weight watchers. The snack provides three grams of fat and three milligram of cholesterol.
- It is low in dietary fiber, around one gram per serving.
- Pesto and tomato bruschetta takes forty minutes to prepare and contributes 246 mg of sodium and 4 grams of protein.
- It also provides 11 grams of carbohydrates and one gram of saturated fat.
- In case of vegans, use a dairy free substitute or avoid the cheese in the recipe.