Bruschetta are toasts, usually made from sliced Italian bread that can be topped with a variety of your favorite ingredients. Bruschetta are wonderful party appetizers for many reasons. They are finger food that work as well at a sit-down dinner as they do at a walk-around cocktail party. As a finger food, they make the perfect canvas for your culinary creativity. And most of the work can be done in advance including preparing the toasts and the toppings.
To prepare your toasts, slice your loaf of bread into half-inch slices. Place on a baking sheet and toast in a 400 degree oven until golden brown, turning toasts over once. Cool toasts before topping. All you need to do at the last minute is add the topping to your toasts and arrange them on your serving dish.
For this first bruschetta, spread the toast with a tablespoon of your favorite olive or sun dried tomato tapenade. Top with grated provolone, put on a baking sheet and place the toasts under your broiler for a minute until the cheese melts. Remove from oven and top with prosciutto and chopped rosemary.