But this isn’t about salt.
This is about expanding your seasoning boundaries. And this is a little lesson I like to call amateur gourmet. If the only things you ever put on your food include salt, pepper, catsup, mustard and Ranch, then this is a great place for you to start expanding. Nothing makes plain food a smidge fancier than some grandma herbs and spices (you know, those ones in the pantry you've never touched). Like adding parsley flakes to your scrambled eggs, for example. Seasonings are a quick, easy way to dress up just about anything.
The recipe below is a variation of bruschetta, a bread-based Italian appetizer. If you didn't notice, the name is fancy enough to make you sound like a professional foodie. There are lots of different ways you can prepare bruschetta, which also means it's a safe food to experiment with, if you're feeling creative. This is the version that I came up with:
Prep time: 12-15 minutes
Serves: 20-25 bite-sized pieces
French bread baguette
Extra virgin olive oil
Ricotta cheese spread OR feta cheese crumbles
Salt & pepper
Set your oven to broil. If this is your first time using that button, we have something in common. Either high or low will work, depending on how crispy you like your bread. I put mine on HI.
Now for the cheese!
In the finished bruschetta pictured above, I used ricotta cheese. I spread it onto each piece of bread, then topped it off with some sliced tomatoes, a sprinkle of the basil leaves, and a dash of salt and pepper. Serve it while it's still warm, or the cheese will soak into the bread and soften some of that nice crisp.
So there you have it! A simple appetizer platter that only uses a few ingredients and takes under 15 minutes to prepare. Just a couple seasonings and olive oil and you've got yourself some gourmet finger food. And of course, please let me know of any other great variations to try out! After all, I'm still learning too!