This olive bruschetta is utter deliciousness! It’s the perfect summertime snack and a must-make for your next party.
As I type, I’ve just returned from the airport where I dropped off my friend Amy. Amy is a wine blogger and world traveler. She was in town for a blogging conference and extended her trip an extra day so that we could hang out. We get to see each other about once a year, so it is a super special time.
You might remember the last time Amy came and we cruised by the French bakery and threw together some easy afternoon snacks. I knew we were going to want to do something similar after I picked her up yesterday.
I stocked up on cheese, crackers, baguette, and the fixings of a delicious Olive Bruschetta. Amy, of course, brought the wine.
We had such a lovely time visiting! Amy is the kind of friend with whom you can pick up where you left off. There’s no weirdness or apologies for not being in better touch. She’s a kindred spirit, for sure.
I love preparing some kind of afternoon snack when we welcome friends to the house or even when my husband comes home from work. He’s been economizing on his work day breakfasts and lunches, so it’s nice for him to have a snack when he comes home.
I picked up Amy at 1:30, well, 1:45 by the time I navigated all the one-way streets of San Diego to get in the right place at the right time. She hadn’t had lunch yet, so she munched an apple on the way. Dinner was a few hours away, so an afternoon snack was called for.
A survey conducted by the California Olive Committee reports that:
• 93% of American snack on weekends
• 99% snack at home
• almost 100% want affordable and easy snacks
Our little Sunday afternoon noshing fit all those criteria.
Amy didn’t think she was a big olive fan, but I believe my bruschetta won her over. She even carted a can of olives home in her suitcase!
One of the things that will surprise you is that the green olives in this recipe are not your standard cured olives. Instead they are California Green Ripe Olives; they taste very similar to the black ones.
The process for green ripe olives is the same as black ripe, except green ripe olives are not exposed to air during processing. The flavor is just as delicious, but you get that pretty green color to add to your recipes. (You can find them in a can in the olives section of your grocery store.) My boys who don’t like cured olives were super happy to try the green olives! We’ve been snacking through the can like crazy.
This bruschetta is amazingly easy to pull together. Chop a couple tomatoes, slice a handful of olives and basil, stir in some garlic and olive oil, and voila! Deliciousness! It’s the perfect summertime snack and a must-make for your next party.
I ended up simply toasting the baguette instead of rubbing it with garlic and oil. It made for an easier preparation as well as a tasty olive-centric snack. I added a couple different kinds of cheeses, crackers, and snacking olives to the mix.
The bruschetta is delicious on toast, but we did some experimenting. It’s great on crackers or atop cheese spread on toast or a cracker. I’m thinking it would work really well over goat cheese, too.
Recipe: Olive Bruschetta
- sliced baguette
- 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 5 California Black Ripe Olives, sliced
- 5 California Green Ripe Olives, sliced
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
- fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Toast the baguette slices in a toaster oven or a broiler until light brown.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes, olives, basil, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir gently to combine.
- Serve the baguette slices with the bruschetta
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 8
As I mentioned last week, olives are a staple in our pantry. We enjoy them in recipes as well as for snacking. I’ve started an olive-centric pinboard on Pinterest. I’m partnering with California Ripe Olives to share great ways to snack on olives.
Would you like to join me? If you’d be interested in pinning olive recipes with me over the next few weeks, leave me a comment here and I’ll add you to the board. Pinners will be entered in a fun giveaway, courtesy of California Ripe Olives. As long as you use your pinterest email address in the comment form (no one else will see it but me) and are following my board, I should be able to add you.
The Pinterest promotion is open until July 8, 2014 at 7 pm PST and is limited to US residents, 18 years or older. Friends and family of Jessica Fisher and Life as MOM are ineligible for entry. The winners will be chosen randomly. I will email the winner at the end of the promotion. The prize for this promotion is provided by and shipped by California Ripe Olives and/or its representatives. Jessica Fisher and Life as MOM will not be held responsible for unclaimed or undelivered prizes. Complete sweepstakes guidelines can be found here.