Dom’s Child Labor Bruschetta


Dom’s Child Labor Bruschetta

This is a very simple crowd pleaser when entertaining, that has the advantage of being both dirt cheap to make as well as a simple way to squeeze work out of a well intentioned 7 year old. I hosted a brunch last Sunday and it was enthusiastically devoured by both parents & children. Be prepared, however, to soon be sick of hearing a small child announcing that they helped make it every 30 seconds or so for the next 3 hours.


1 large loaf slightly stale Italian bread

less than one ounce of wine (any type will do)

an ounce or 2 of olive oil

black pepper (preferably fresh ground)

dried or fresh basil



garlic powder

1 12 oz. Can of seasoned diced tomatoes (fresh will work too)

some Parmesan cheese

First slice the bread into approximately ½ inch thick slices (I don’t recommend having the child do this part) and place on a large cookie sheet.

Pour a little wine in a rocks glass and hand it & a basting brush to the small child & tell them to brush both sides throughly.

Drizzle generously with olive oil, then again get your child to wield their mighty basting brush and even out the coating of oil on the top of the bread.

Step in and vigorously shake oregano, parsley & get the child to enthusiastically use the pepper grinder on the bread.

Open up and lightly drain the can of diced tomatoes and spoon a heaping tablespoon or so on each bread slice, then add some garlic powder, more of the herbs and shake a touch of grated cheese on top.

Place in a 350 degree oven for 6 to 10 minutes, remove & serve.


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