Bruschetta with mozzarella is the perfect appetizer with a glass of wine. We eat appetizers a lot in our house, even making dinner out of two or three!
Italians really seem to live life simply and fully, with freshness and food at the core. I love the fresh flavors of this Bruschetta with Mozzarella!
I was fortunate enough to visit Italy about ten years ago. After ten days there, my husband and I swore we would eat more fresh food when we arrived back in the states.
Everywhere we looked, there were people shopping in specialty markets for things they would eat that day.
They went to the cheese store and bought fresh mozzarella, the bakery for hot crusty just-out-of-the-oven bread, and the open-air market for fresh basil and veggies.
Everything we ate there was so wonderful. My favorite thing was that family and friends were always at the table together. Meals seem to always be a celebration!
Of course, once home, life got busy and we couldn't seem to make time to prepare food as they did in Italy.
Fortunately, there are a few items available in our local grocery store that come pretty close to that delicious Italian fare.
Simple ingredients are almost always available. We can buy fresh mozzarella. Fresh vegetables usually line the shelves of our grocery stores.
And if you're feeling like creating something really special, you can make this rosemary garlic bread recipe which makes wonderful bruschetta. It's one of my favorite bread recipes.
This easy recipe for Bruschetta with Cheese will have you falling in love with Bertolli, too!
Set your summer Tuscan table with a fresh and delicious appetizer or two and salad. It's such a great way to get dinner on the table and a nice change!
What You Need
This recipe is so simple. You'll need crusty baguette slices, a jar of marinara sauce, fresh spinach, fresh mushrooms, fresh mozzarella cheese, and a good olive oil.
How to Make it
Slice and brush bread with a thin layer of olive oil.
Toast the until the top of the bread is golden brown. Take it out of the oven and let it cool for a couple of minutes.
Spoon a generous tablespoon of Bertolli Tomato & Basil Sauce on each piece of bread.
Slice fresh mozzarella cheese thinly into 8 slices.
Place one slice mozzarella over tomato sauce.
Lay spinach leaves over mozzarella.
On top of spinach, place a mushroom or two.
Layer another thin slice of mozzarella on top of mushrooms.
Place under broiler on low for about 8 minutes.
Serve this as a flavorful appetizer before a meal or with a few more hors d'oeuvres. Appetizers for dinner is so easy and this got rave reviews!
If you're a fan of more traditional bruschetta, try this best bruschetta recipe. It's definitely a crowd pleaser!
I love quick and easy recipes for a fresh summer meal, and I know you do, too!
Typically, bruschetta is served cold or at room temperature. This particular bruschetta with mozzarella can be served warm or cold. I do suggest putting it together at the last minute as you want crusty bread, not soggy.
I like bruschetta served with other appetizers, but it can also be served before your main course. It goes well with Italian food, and would pair well with an Italian tomato salad. And wine!
A really easy addition would be to rub a fresh garlic clove on the bread. Fresh basil or fresh herbs would be a delicious in place of the spinach, or in addition. Fresh cherry tomatoes or plum tomatoes would also be good. A drizzle of balsamic glaze would be wonderful, too.
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Bruschetta with Mozzarella
- 1 baguette I chose whole grain
- 1 jar Bertolli Tomato & Basil Sauce
- 8 ounces fresh spinach
- 8 ounces fresh mushrooms
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Slice 8 pieces of bread and brush on thin layer of olive oil.
- Toast the bread until it's golden brown on top. Take it out of the oven and let it cool for a couple of minutes.
- Spoon a generous tablespoon of Bertolli Tomato & Basil Sauce on each piece of bread
- Slice fresh mozzarella ball into 8 thin slices.
- Place one slice mozzarella on bread.
- Place spinach leaves over mozzarella
- Place mushrooms on top of spinach
- Layer another slice of mozzarella on top of spinach.
- Place under broiler on low for about 8 minutes.