Bruschetta is an Italian antipasto made from flavoured grilled bread. They can also be called bruschettina, crostino or crostini. The Artisan Bread Company Caramelised Onion Bruschetta are made at a family bakery, established in the 1970’s, in the Imperia province of north-western Italy on the coast of the Ligurian Sea.
The area has a rich history and multiple cultural influences to draw on and as a result of its closeness to the sea and major trade routes the area was also a richly influenced by traders and travellers from Spain and Portugal and new ideas brough back from the Caribbean and South America.
Bruschetta is believed to have originated from this rich culinary area during the 15th century as a way of salvaging bread that was going stale. Variations on a similar theme can be traced back to Ancient Rome. What is universally agreed is that Bruschetta originated in medieval times when it was typical to eat meals on slices of bread instead of plates.
In most of the commercially made bruschetta products available today the flavouring is mixed in the olive oil and sprayed onto the sliced bread before grilling. These products are very greasy and the flavour can be too strong dependent on the coverage of the oil.
With our bruschetta, the caramelised onion and olive oil is mixed in with the dough before the bread is baked. It is then sliced and baked again. This ensures no greasy texture and gives them a fuller flavour.
The Artisan Bread Company Caramelised Onion Bruschetta can be enjoyed on their own as a snack, topped or dipped in soft cheese, served with a salad, floated on a bowl of hot soup or used as an appetiser topped with cheese, meats or vegetables. They really are very versatile.
One of our favourite recipes for this bruschetta pairs it with tomatoes and basil which transforms it into a delicious starter or a brilliant sharing platter to go with pre dinner drinks.
It is incredibly simple and a perfect match to go with Italian favourites such as spaghetti with meatballs or spaghetti bolognaise or in fact any pasta based dish.
Simply chop up some tomatoes into small pieces with a sharp knife or in a dicer if you have one, then dice up some garlic and basil and combine together with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
You can simply add the tomato mix straight to the caramelised onion bruschetta and enjoy or if you want to make it a little bit more special then heat the oven to 200 degrees, sprinkle some parmesan on the bruschetta and heat in the oven for 2 minutes and then add the tomatoes. Top with some balsamic glaze for a super simple starter or party platter that is super delicious and would do justice to any Italian restaurant.
For allergens, including Cereals containing Gluten, see ingredients in bold.
May also contain Soybeans and Sesame Seeds.
Wheat Flour, Olive Oil (10%), Dried Onion (4%), Sea Salt, Sugar, Sunflower Oil, Yeast, Sweet Paprika, Malted Wheat Flour
Suitable for Vegetarians
Typical values per 100g contains: Energy 1726 kJ / 410 kcal, 11.5g Fat (Of which saturates 1.7g), Carbohydrates 65.9g (Of which sugars 3.4g), Protein 10.6g, Salt 1.6g
Store in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. Once opened store in an airtight container and consume within 7 days.
Made in Italy for Market Fresh Ltd, Olivers Barn, Maldon Rd, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HY.