• Maltese-style bruschetta (hoz biz zejt) (Shane Delia's Recipe For Life)

Shane's dad Ted drops in to demonstrate how to make bruschetta, Maltese style, showcasing the richness of the island nation's cuisine. #RecipeForLife






Skill level

Average: 5 (1 vote)


  • 4 crusty ciabatta rolls
  • 4 tbsp sun-dried tomato paste
  • extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 20 white anchovies in oil
  • 10 black olives, cheeks sliced off
  • 40 g baby pickled onions, thinly sliced
  • 200 g fresh ricotta
  • 1 tbsp tiny capers, rinsed and drained
  • handful flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Confit tuna

  • 600 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 5 white peppercorns
  • 1 tsp salt
  • rind of ½  lemon, peeled off in wide strips
  • rind of ½ orange, peeled off in wide strips
  • 120 g piece fresh tuna, skin and bloodline removed

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Cooling time: 20 minutes

For the confit tuna, place the olive oil, spices and citrus rinds in a small heavy-based saucepan over low heat. Using a probe thermometer as a guide, slowly bring the temperature to 70°C. Once the oil has reached temperature, add the tuna and remove the pan from the heat. Stand the tuna in the oil to cool. Once cool, remove the tuna from oil – it should be pink on the inside.

To assemble, cut the rolls in half and spread the tomato paste evenly over both sides. Drizzle the bases with olive oil, then top with the white anchovies, olive cheeks, pickled onions, ricotta, capers and parsley. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle generously with olive oil. Place the bread tops on and serve immediately.


Shane Delia's Recipe For Life airs 8pm, Thursdays on SBS and then on SBS On DemandYou can find the recipes and more features from the show here.