This is a dairy free bruschetta recipe that your whole family might actually eat.
I say that very respectfully.
As a mother of a child with food allergies, I have had to improvise quite a bit over the years to create wholesome deliciousness that my kid (and my nonallergic kids) would actually eat.
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Of course – food allergies or not – bruschetta is not exactly a food that children flock to, but it is always worth a try.
This recipe is quite simple really.
HOW IT’S DONE
Just start with a crusty bread – I like to use sandwich sized ciabatta rolls (in our house we call them Chewbacca rolls – Star Wars fans, anyone?)
Just read the ingredients to make sure that the variety you choose is also dairy free.
Slice them in half and toast them in a toaster oven.
Another option is to brush the cut side of the bread with olive oil and toast the pieces cut side down in a skillet.
WORK THE TOFU
Then take a brick of extra firm tofu. Drain it and then place the brick between several sheets of paper towels and squeeze slightly to remove excess water.
Or you can put the tofu in a colander and place a can of beans or heavier object on top of the paper towels. The less water in the tofu, the firmer it becomes.
Next, slice the tofu like a loaf of bread. The slices should be about 1/4 inch thick.
If you want to further drain the tofu, place the slices in a colander or again do the squeezy thing with the paper towels.
Now salt and pepper the tofu to your taste.
Rub a little olive oil onto the bottom of a non-stick skillet and sauté the tofu slices over medium high heat until they are heated through and start to brown.
You can easily modify this dairy free bruschetta recipe for the non-allergic by using fresh mozzarella for some people and tofu for others. Just be careful not to cross contaminate cooking surfaces.
PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
Place a slice of cooked tofu on top of a ciabatta half and top with sliced or chopped tomatoes and chopped fresh basil.
Drizzle with a little olive oil.
This recipe could not be easier. And to be honest, I actually like it better than the same version using fresh mozzarella.
You could easily vary this dairy free bruschetta recipe by chopping up the ingredients more finely and serving serving them on crackers or smaller bread rounds for an appetizer.
Just make sure that whatever bread base you use also has no milk ingredients.
DOES YOUR FAMILY LIKE BRUSCHETTA?
So, tell me – do your kids like their vegetables, or are my kids just the pickiest eaters around?
Introduce yourself in the comments below and tell me about your family.