Bruschetta with Tomatoes or Artichoke Hearts

Bruschetta is simply toasted or grilled bread, rubbed with garlic and sprinkled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, then topped with a variety of toppings. The best bread to use is a crusty Italian loaf. A French stick sliced on the diagonal is a good alternative.

PREPARING THE BRUSCHETTA
8 thick slices of crusty bread
2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
6 Tbsp Lupi Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Special Selection or Organic Olive Oils are ideal)

TOMATO TOPPING
3-4 medium, vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
Drizzle of Lupi Balsamic Vinegar (optional)

ARTICHOKE TOPPING
1 cup of canned artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces

Serves: 4