A lot of people think that bruschetta means a piece of bread with fresh diced tomatoes on top with olive oil, right?? According to Wikipedia and many chefs, including our chef Marilyn Chudda bruschetta ” consists of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil, salt and pepper. Variations may include toppings of tomatoes, vegetables, beans, cured meat, or cheese; the most popular recipe outside of Italy involves basil, fresh tomato, garlic and onion or mozzarella.
That being said I have other very special Brazilian appetizers to share with you. Why very special? Because I learned these recipes from my grandma and I ate them so many times in my life… It always brings great memories of us drinking an ice cold beer and eating them.
Usually when people see the eggplant “compote” or when they are eating it nobody can guess what it is… When I tell people what it is everybody gets so surprised, especially those who hate eggplant. lol
So forget the chips and salsa thing for every party. This bruschetta with garlic eggplant is easy and you can make this 3 weeks before your party and it will cost probably the same as the salsa. This lasts about one month because the eggplant was “cooked in vinegar” and the rest immersed in olive oil.
Colorful bell peppers
Great olive oil
Cut the eggplant into big or small sizes. It doesn’t make any difference.
Wash them and rinse the water at least two times. Grab a deep pot, put in the eggplant and cover with the vinegar. Cover with a plate or something heavy and leave them for at least 6 hours.
After that throw the vinegar away and squeeze the eggplant with your hands until you feel them getting dry.
You can’t take all the vinegar away…
Dice the peppers, garlic, onions, olives and add the eggplant. Mix everything together adding olive oil to cover the veggies.
I always add extra olive oil because its great for dipping breads and something else too … But I’ll tell you that later!!
Grab different types of bread and even bagels. We used olive and rosemary sea salt breads.
Don’t forget to have with it an ice cold beer, margarita or wine, my friend, and enjoy it!
Beijos e Tchau!