Olive Garden Bruschetta
3 firm roma tomatoes, finely diced (about 1 ½ cups)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons diced marinated sun-dried tomatoes
pinch dried parsley flakes
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
9-10 slices ciabatta bread (or Italian bread)
Combine diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil,
vinegar and salt in a medium bowl. Toss, then cover and chill 1 hour.
When you are ready to serve the dish, preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Combine Parmesan cheese with dried parsley in a small bowl. Place the
bread slices on a baking sheet.
Sprinkle a couple of pinches of the Parmesan cheese mixture over each
bread slice. Bake for 5 minutes or until the bread starts to crisp.
Pour tomato mixture into a serving dish (strain off the liquid), and
serve it up alongside the toasted bread slices. Makes 4 servings.
Recipe courtesy of Todd Wilbur, “Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2,” Plume
Olive Garden’s recently redesigned bruschetta recipe improves on the Italian
chain’s previous version. The tomato salad includes a little sun-dried
tomato and balsamic vinegar, and it is now served in a separate dish rather
than on the bread. Now the bread doesn’t get soggy. The tomatoes are finely diced before mixing with the other ingredients and the ciabatta bread is
sprinkled with a little grated Parmesan cheese before it is toasted.
Try to find a nice, chewy loaf of Italian bread for this dish – get the
best bread in the store. The better your bread, the better your bruschetta.