Overall, my version of this recipe turned out really pretty well despite substituing a couple of ingredients, forgetting to measure the ingredients, and slightley overbaking the bread. Instead of using French bread, I used multi-grain wheat bread. I have no real explanation as to why I chose to use multi-grain bread other than it was smaller in size. The french bread was almost a foot long, and I didn't want to keep it an additional day. I didn't use "ripe" olives either. Instead, I bought canned black olives with jalapenos because this recipe sounded a bit bland, and I thought the jalapenos would give it a little kick. It turned out to be a good decision!
As I mentioned earlier, I completely forgot about measuring the ingredients, so I basically estimated how much onions, olives, cream cheese, and basil should be added as the topping. I blame my absent-minded nature due to the bread. This recipe didn't tell me that you needed to add some olive oil and/or butter to the bread before you broil it. Evidently, this is "common sense" if you are kitchen savvy. In my first attempt at broiling the bread, I literally added one maybe two miniscule drops of olive oil to the bread. I ended up burning the edges of the bread, and the bread was hard as a rock. I realized that I needed to be a bit more generous with the olive oil if I wanted to soften the bread.
Despite my mishaps, I learned a couple of things from my latest attempt at cooking:
1) I need to transfer my organizational skills into the kitchen. Before I begin any recipe, I need to have all the ingredients set up and ready to go, so I won't be running around in a flustered state.
2) I've realized that I need to learn how to properly meausure ingredients simply because it's a useful thing to know. It's okay to experiment though! You'll be happy to know that I finally bought some meauring cups and spoons. =)
3) I don't really feel comfortable using knives. Maybe it's because I'm clumsy, and I'm concerned about cutting myself (I have yet to do that though). In the future, I think I'm going to invest in a vegetable chopper like the ones I see on tv.
4) I don't recommend making large portions of this unless you are making this for a group of people. I was full after eating 4 slices.
Here is the recipe for Basil Cream Cheese Bruschetta:
- 12 slices French bread (1/2 inch thick)
- 1/2 cup chopped seeded tomato
- 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
- 1 tablespoon chopped ripe olives
- 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
Place bread on an ungreased baking sheet. Broil 6-8 in. from the heat for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the tomato, onion and olives; set aside.
Combine cream cheese and basil; spread over the untoasted side Yield: 1 dozen.