Once it was simply bread and oil, the snack most loved by children. Today, bread and oil can become many things!

Bread and oil. Is there anything more natural, good and genuine?

From generation to generation, grandmothers and mothers hand down the healthiest snack for children: a simple slice of bread (which for the lucky ones is homemade bread) and good extra virgin olive oil.

The recipe is the simplest of all. Just pour some oil into a small plate and then dirty a slice of bread. If the oil is very good and fragrant it is not even necessary to add salt.

Do you know that the classic slice of bread and oil can with the addition of a few ingredients become a real appetizers to be served as an appetizer or aperitif when you have so many friends for dinner? Yes, the bruschetta if we want to call it that.

Here are some original ideas to turn a simple snack into a tasty dish.

Bread, oil and avocado

Let’s call it avocado toast. For the simplest version, put slices of avocado on toasted bread seasoned with a drizzle of oil.

Bread and oil with salmon

For many people, butter would be better in place of oil as in the tradition of northern Europe, but we suggest that you also try it with a new and good oil. Also add some lemon juice and ground white pepper or fennel.

Bread, oil and garlic

A recipe for strong palates. Basically, you simply toast a slice of bread, season it with a little oil and then rub it with a clove of garlic. To complete, you can then sprinkle it with grated Parmesan cheese before putting it back in the oven for a few minutes. In the American version there is also chives.

Bread, oil and tomato

The classic bruschetta that everyone always likes. You can enrich it with a feta grater or with a diced of cucumbers and mint leaves or chopped basil. Remember that children like it when the tomato is rubbed on bread, not sliced.

Bread and oil with pecorino cheese

A real goodness that is prepared in a few minutes in the microwave or under the grill of the oven. Just cover some fete bread with oil and aged pecorino cheese and then pass it all in the oven. The cheese will melt and wrap the bread but at the base will remain crisp.

Bread, oil and zucchini tagliatelle

Cut the courgettes lengthwise with a mandolin. You’ll get like noodles. Season with oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice and place on slices of bread and oil spread with goat cheese.

Bread, oil… the fake pizza arrives!

If you have some leftover bread a bit ‘dry cut it into slices and wet it with water. Then place it on the base of a cake pan, crushing it well to soften it and sprinkle it with oil, tomato puree, salt and capers. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 180 degrees and you will get a great fake pizza!

Bread, oil and beans

A poor but very tasty dish that can easily become a fast and complete the second course. The ideal combination is between wholemeal bread and pre-cooked cannellini beans, well washed and seasoned simply with oil, salt and pepper.

Bread, oil and peppers

Fried green peppers and toasted bread are a perfect marriage. If you don’t want to fry, simply cut the peppers into strips and bake them in the oven with oil and a clove of garlic. When they are soft, serve them hot on slices of Tuscan bread toasted and seasoned with a drizzle of raw oil.

Bread, oil and chocolate

It may seem strange to you, yet this is a gourmet match. Put on a slice of bread and oil some good dark chocolate and if you want to add a pinch of salt. The results will amaze you.

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