Avocado, Feta and Pancetta Bruschetta

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Bruschetta derives from the Italian 'bruscare' meaning "to roast over coals?. At its most authentic, Italian country-style bread is toasted over coals, rubbed with garlic and seasoned while hot with sea salt and fruity, virgin, cold-pressed olive oil. More commonly in English-speaking countries, the toasted garlic bread is topped with tomatoes and summery herbs. This version, without tomato, is a little different and is perfect for a casual lunch for 2 people, or as an appetiser for 4 people.

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  • add   12 basil leaves
  • add   4 slices Italian bread, 3/4-inch -1-inch thick (no thicker, or it won't warm right through)
  • add   freshly cracked black pepper
  • add   3 teaspoons pine nuts
  • add   1 large avocado
  • add   1 cup coarsely chopped rocket
  • add   5 ounces lean bacon or pancetta
  • add   1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • add   2 garlic cloves
  • add   2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • add   4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Prepare all ingredients just before planning to eat.
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine the feta cheese, avocado, rocket, basil, pine nuts and 2 tablespoons olive oil.Add an extra tablespoon of olive oil to further moisten this mixture if preferred.
  3. Saute the bacon or pancetta in a little oil until crisp, then chop finely and add to the feta cheese/avocado mixture.
  4. Set topping mixture aside while preparing the bread.
  5. Toast the bread over hot coals (preferably), on the bbq or under the oven grill/broiler, until crusty and golden brown on the outside, but warm and soft inside. Keep an eye on it as it can suddenly burn!
  6. While the toast is still piping hot, rub one side of each slice with the cut side of a garlic clove, then quickly brush each slice with a tablespoon of olive oil.
  7. Spoon the topping mixture on to the toasted bread, and season with freshly cracked black pepper - depending on the saltiness of the feta and bacon you use, you probably won't need to season with salt.
  8. Serve immediately.