This is a delicious, easy to make, traditional Puglian snack! You may have seen friselle for sale in Italian delicatessens and wondered what they were? They are dried durum wheat rolls that resemble a large bagel! It is the cousin of the bruschetta! Sailors used to take them on their long journeys and the dried bread would last a long time. This is one of those dishes known as ‘cucina povera’. It was a way ‘poor’ people could eat and fill the gap. Our grandmother used to make this for us for dinner when we were young – poor? Yes but clever enough to know what tasted good! Now it is a dish for the rich and poor and one you can eat anytime so follow this recipe and you will love them too!
Adapt the recipe to serve as many as you like!
Best paired with our fresh white Apeneste wine or our aromatic rose – Mosi. Salute!
5 tablespoons of Terre Di San Vito Olive Oil
4 salad tomatoes or a handful of cherry tomatoes
4 friselle (wholemeal or white) or 4 slices stale, hard bread or toast
1 clove of garlic
A pinch of salt
A pinch of dried oregano
Cut the tomatoes into small chunks and set aside
Run each of the friselle halves under cold water for a couple of seconds then place them on a serving plate. The water will soften them so they are crunchy but not too hard that they break your teeth!
Peel the garlic clove then lightly rub the rough side of each friselle
Cover each friselle with the chopped fresh tomatoes
Drizzle the Terre Di San Vito Olive Oil over the tomatoes
Sprinkle with salt and oregano
You can add: thinly sliced red onion, tuna chunks or mozzarella – all taste delicious!
Don’t run the friselle for too long under the tap or they will turn to mush!
You will need a serviette to help mop up the delicious juices!