italian brushetta on gluten free bread…

gluten free bruschetta (garlic bread)

just outside of rome there is an amazing family owned restaurant called ‘sora rosa’.  i am convinced the bruschetta (italian garlic bread) is so divine there because the tomatoes must have been picked right before coming to our table and the bread was house made that morning!  of course the gluten free boy couldn’t eat that bruschetta (he wouldn’t go near it anyway because of the tomatoes and “green stuff”– fresh basil.)

at home, i tried to convince the gluten free boy to try my homemade bruschetta…i eliminated the “green stuff” and he still wouldn’t go for it.   with the right olive oil, fresh tomatoes and good homemade gluten free bread you can make this taste almost as divine as if you were sitting in the roman gardens at sora rosa restaurant.

gluten free homestyle white bread mix (i use either gluten free pantry or causeyourespecial

  • 3 ripe, sliced fresh tomatoes
  • 3 large leaves fresh basil
  • 4 table spoons the beat extra virgin olive oil you can get your hands on (yes, it really does make a difference!) 
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: additional crushed garlic, fresh sliced avocado, arugula

  • -make bread according to directions on bag.
  • -pour bread dough into four small pan loafs approx 3″x5″ 
  • -bake loafs in a 350 degree convection oven for 18 minutes
  • allow bread to cool (or use the next day)
  • slice bread into 1/2″ thick slices.
  • lightly toast the bread in a broiler until golden both sides.
  • rub one side of the bread with a clove of fresh garlic (depending on how bad you want your breath to be is dependent on how much garlic you use) i use one large clove for five slices of bread.  you can also use a garlic press and rub the crushed garlic on the bread.  i like the more subtle garlic rub.
  • in a separate bowl toss chopped fresh tomatoes,  5 tablespoons olive oil,  fresh chopped basil, salt and pepper
  • spoon the tomato mixture over the toasted bread
  • optional mix -in’s: 
  • fresh sliced avocado chunks
  • leaves of arugula
  • additional smashed garlic
  • sardines ( it would never happen on my watch but i know people like them!)

3 Responses to italian brushetta on gluten free bread…

  1. Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings says:

    My friend, Joey, who writes The Village Voice blog sent me your link. I'm very gluten and dairy intolerant and have been dealing with it for years. Loved your story. Allergies are so much harder. I will make this during tomato season.~~Dee

  2. FrugalMegan says:

    I'm having a gluten free Christmas party, and I was totally bumming out about bruschetta! These look AWESOME

  3. The Omnivore says:

    Thanks for the suggestion to make your own gluten-free bread! I’ve been trying to figure out what to use as a substitute for my beloved garlic bread but didn’t realize I could just make my own! D’oh!

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