Stale bread and left over veg…

I love a good stick of French bread, but they tend to go stale within hours – i’ve had half of one in my cupboard for a few days now and I wanted to save it before it was too late.  Luckily I have some hungry friends coming round this evening, so i’ve made them some tasty bruschetta to nibble on.  You can of course do this with any stale bread (or fresh for that matter!)   

The bread

3/4 baguette

Olive oil

1 garlic clove, cut in half

Preheat the oven to 200c.  Thinly slice the bread and brush with olive oil.  Lay it out on a baking tray and brush with the cut side of the garlic cloves.  Scatter over a generous pinch of sea salt.  Place in the oven for 5-7 minutes until lightly golden.  Cool on a wire rack, it will keep like this in an airtight container for a few days.

The toppings….


1 aubergine, finely sliced and tossed in 1 tbsp olive oil

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1/2 teaspoon sumac

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 tablespoon chopped mint

Heat a griddle pan on high and when it’s hot cook the aubergine slices until nicely charred on both sides.

Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl, season with salt and pepper.  Add the cooked aubergine and leave to marinade until ready to serve.  Place on top of the bread and enjoy.

Plum Tomato

3 plum tomatoes, chopped

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 tablespoons oregano or basil

Mix all the ingredients together.  Season generously with salt and pepper and when ready to serve place on the bread.

Goats cheese

150g creamy goats cheese

6 sundried tomatoes, chopped

6 sage leaves, chopped

Mix all the ingredients together, season generously with black pepper and place on top of the toasts when ready to serve.  If you like you can place in the oven for 5mins before serving, but they are yummy either way.

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One Response to Stale bread and left over veg…

  1. These were voted the best bruschetta EVER. The hungry friends ate them in two seconds flat. We just got hungry again from looking at that photo. Mmmm.

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