Panzanella Salad Crostini or Bruschetta?

by Jennifer on May 13, 2011

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Indecision. I have been plagued with it for like, Eva.  Apparently,  many are also plagued with this when it comes to the age old issue with classifying something as crostini or bruschetta

I was determined to decipher and decide in order to properly title this recipe so I began my research. It went on and on and on and I even stumbled upon a friend and fellow blogger who also wondered. However, I am still unsure.

Panzanella Crostini/Bruschetta

1/2 to 3/4 loaf of fresh bread, sliced in 1/2 inch thick pieces(we went with italian as we have loose teeth to worry about) but french bread would be a great choice.
2 large tomatoes, sliced
8 or more slices of mozzarella, about 1/4 inch thick
~1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
extra virgin olive oil
balsamic vinegar

Directions:
1. Preheat the broiler on high and place the oven rack a few inches from the coils.

2. Place the bread on a baking sheet and begin to layer the other ingredients: two slices of tomatoes, spinach leaves, mozzarella, salt and pepper. Continue until all ingredients are used.

3. Broil until cheese is meted and begins to brown or bubble.

4. Remove from the oven and drizzle on oil and vinegar.

Which would you choose for this recipe?

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Courtney May 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm

this looks great!

fajas colombianas May 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm

This makes my mouth water. Its like pizza but way more better.

merry jennifer May 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Or maybe even an open-faced sandwich? Whatever you call it, it looks like something I’d go for right this minute.

Looking forward to meeting you next week!

Jane Bonacci - The Heritage Cook May 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I say it is a hot, yummy bruschetta! I could eat a whole tray right now!

marla May 14, 2011 at 9:39 am

How ever you label ‘em these look great! Mini pizzas too :)

Maris (In Good Taste) May 15, 2011 at 7:28 am

Honestly I would call this just delicious and a recipe I am soon to try!

megan @ whatmegansmaking May 16, 2011 at 9:04 am

whatever you call it, it looks amazing! :)

patsy May 25, 2011 at 8:39 am

Oh that looks wonderful! It’s breakfast time right now… and I’m thinking that would be a great way to start the day. ;)

Elle June 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I don’t care what you call them–they’re gorgeous! A real favorite in our house, too.

Cookin' Canuck June 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Bruschetta, crostini – whatever you call it, it looks fantastic! This would be the perfect entry in the Get Grillin’ (& summer barbecue dishes) event I’m hosting right now (it’s appetizer week).

Jessica | Oh Cake July 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm

When I lived in Italy bruschetta referred specifically to the tomato-basil topped bread. Everything else was crostini. This looks delicious!

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