September 10, 2014

Easy Spinach & Cheese bruschetta | Kids snacks | Italian Snack

Italy - one of the nerve centres of world fashion. Home to Sphagetti, Affogato, Tiramisu and a host of pick-me-up dishes that have won the hearts and stomachs of zillions of foodies worldwide.

Italy - the heart of pizza, pasta and risotto, Panacotta, Capuccino, Tortellini, Capuccino, Espresso --- the list is simply endless. And with so many variants within...  

One of the cities on my must-see visit, I would like to explore the authentic Italian cuisine someday... Till then a delicious Spinach and Cheese Bruschetta, which my lil chef helped me put together for a kiddies' party, is for Italy on our journey on the 30 day World Blogging Marathon. We kept it simple by buying store bought baguette. But if you want to bake the bread as well, head to this vegan wholewheat recipe that am gonna try out very soon or use your own recipe. 


How is this bruschetta different from others ? Well, my lil chef was proudly spreading the butter, topped with the spinach and caramelised tomatoes and onions, shredding cheese over the veggies and even set it in the baking tray. Thats special enough for me, dont you think? 
  
Bruschetta (pronounced brusKetta) is one of the popular elements in an Antipasti menu. Antipasto (plural antipasti) means "before the meal" and is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal. The noun bruschetta comes from the Roman dialect verb bruscare, meaning 'to roast over coals'


Traditional antipasto includes olivespeperoncinimushroomsanchoviesartichoke hearts, various cheeses (such as provolone or mozzarella), pickled meats, and vegetables in oil or vinegar.
Antipasto Image Source : here

Like you can guess the toppings for bruschetta can vary from the simple cheese or boiled eggs to exotic like shitake mushrooms to even ham. One can really play with the toppings as much as you wish. 

As for you, my readers, do tell me what toppings are your favourites ? 
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Country : Italy
Dish : Spinach - Cheese Bruschetta
Prep time : 10 mins | Baking time : 15 mins | Serves : 3 kids
Accompaniments : Any Soup (as part of brunch/ lunch ) or as it is (if served as a Hors d'oeuvre)
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Ingredients:

  • Baguette bread - 1 loaf
  • Spinach - 40-50 gms
  • Shredded processed cheese - 100 gms
  • Tomatoes - desseded and diced fine - 1/2 cup
  • Onions -minced fine - 1/2 cup
  • Olive oil - 4 tsp
  • Melted Butter - 5 tsp (optional)
  • Garlic - 4 to 6 pods - minced fine
  • Sugar - 1 tsp (optional)
  • Tomato ketchup - 4 tbsp (or replace with mildly hot Tabasco if making for adults)
  • Paprika powder - 1/2 tsp (again,omit if making for kids)
  • Dried herbs - 1 tsp

Method:

  1. Preheat an oven at 170 deg C. 
  2. In a pan, heat olive oil. saute the garlic, onions till the onions wilt a bit (add a pinch of sugar now).  Add tomatoes and saute for 3 mins more. Remove from pan
  3. In the same pan, add 1 tsp of olive oil, and saute the shredded spinach for 3-4 mins till they slightly wilt but remain green. Drizzle just a pinch of salt and remove from pan.  just whizz it in a blender with 1-2 tsp of oil for 30 seconds.
  4. Cut the baguette diagonally into thick crusts and butter them. Spread the spinach chunks. Top it with Caramelised onions and tomato mix. 
  5. Just before baking, top with shredded cheese, a dash of tomato ketchup . tabasco and dried herbs. 
  6. Bake at 170 deg C for 12-13 mins till it turns crispy. Keep an eye after 10 mins. 
  7. Serve immediately.
Lets check out what other Marathoners have dished out today


14 comments:

  1. Such a wonderful kid friendly dish..good one..

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  2. Your sous chef did a wonderful job preparing this bruschetta!

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  3. You sure have a budding chef in your house. She did a great job

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  4. I love Bruschetta , yours version looks interesting !

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  5. Yup, this is a very special bruschetta :-) Your little chef definitely made it very colorful and very very special.

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  6. Everyone's favourite..We can have bruschetta during anytime of the day, super like.

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  7. such an tempting bruschetta with a colorful topping :) It looks irresistible dear , you little chef is too working hard for this Bm :) She deserves applause :)

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  8. Your little one must have made this popular appetizer an extra special one.

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  9. I totally agree that with the little one working on this, this definitely makes it extra special. Way to go Kiddo!!

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  10. Surely this is a special dish Kalyani.So sweet of your kiddo :).And this is sure to be a hit in parties.Nice one Kalyani

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  11. Delicious bruschetta Kalyani and especially so because lil chef is making it. Its beautifully done. Must have tasted delicious,

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  12. Your kiddo has done an amazing job arranging those toppings. Love it to the core..

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  13. Big hug to your kiddo!!! Love the bruschetta and very colorful topping!!! :)

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Cheers
Kalyani

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