But when a friend and I decided to split up dishes for our own Mothers' Day feast and I took appetizers, I knew that I could squeeze in this week's Bittman assignment - Bruschetta Rethought - which was selected by Laura of Chef Laura at Home.
First, an Italian lesson, because nothing makes me want to walk out of an Italian restaurant more than when the waiter pronounces something incorrectly. Sorry. Just a pet peeve of mine.
This dish is pronounced brews-Keh-ta not brew-SHeh-ta. We were recently at an Italian deli and I ordered two drinks for my kids - one aranciata and one limonata. The man behind the counter said, "Wow, I've worked here for 6 years and you are the first person who has ever pronounced those correctly. God, I hate how people butcher the Italian language." Glad to know I'm not alone in that.
Typically you would rub the bread with fresh garlic and then top it. I added fresh garlic to my topping so I skipped rubbing garlic on the bread. I did spread a thin layer of marscarpone on the toasts before topping them.