Crostini Bar: Puttanesca Bruschetta

Fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, olives, capers, onions and more are just the right mix for this Italian classic. For a crostini bar sampler, serve atop Crostini Toasts with Crostini Bar: Mushroom “Paté,”Crostini Bar: Raw Zucchini and Corn Crostini Topper, White Bean and Sesame Spread and Crostini Bar: Smoky Eggplant and Roasted Garlic Spread.


  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or pasted
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 6 heirloom plum or large hothouse plum tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • A handful of caper berries, drained and quartered or sliced or 3 tablespoons capote capers, drained and coarsely chopped
  • A generous handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • A few leaves basil, torn or chopped
  • 1 small Fresno or Italian hot cherry pepper, seeded and chopped
  • A handful of oil-cured black olives, pitted and finely chopped


With a fork or whisk, combine the anchovy and garlic paste with the EVOO in a bowl. Add the tomatoes, capers, parsley, onion, basil, chili pepper and olives and toss to combine. Serve with charred or toasted bread.

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