Basic bruschetta

Time 10 minutes
Yields Serves 4
Basic bruschetta
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
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Bruschetta, the traditional Italian garlic bread grilled over coals or wood, is a good appetizer for summer entertaining. The grilled surfaces of the bread are rubbed with cut garlic, then drizzled with olive oil and typically served with toppings.

I sometimes like to make a meal of bruschetta. Two of my favorite toppings are herbed goat cheese with roasted red peppers and shrimp salad. The toppings can be prepared a day ahead; it’s easy to spread them on the warm bread slices just before you eat.


Heat a charcoal or gas grill or stove-top grill pan over medium-high heat.


Grill one side of the bread until light grill marks appear, 2 to 4 minutes. Lightly rub the grilled surface with the garlic. Place the bread on a plate and drizzle each slice with 1 teaspoon of oil. Lightly season with salt and pepper.