Liza is a homemaker who loves baking and cooking. She also enjoys collecting postcards from friends all over the world.
What Is Bruschetta?
Bruschetta is a savory appetizer that originated in Tuscany but is savored all over Italy. Traditionally, it is made with bread that has been oven-toasted or grilled, topped with a mixture of fresh tomato, basil, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
The Secret to Fantastic Bruschetta
I remember my first time making this dish. I was living in Italy, and the signora (Italian woman) I was staying with was kind enough to show me how she prepared this popular Italian antipasto (appetizer). She told me that the secret to delicious bruschetta is fresh ingredients.
Organically Grown Produce
Here in the United States, I am lucky because I am able to get fresh ingredients from my father-in-law's backyard garden. All of his vegetables are grown organically without using any pesticides. My husband went there to pick up ripe roma tomatoes and beef tomatoes, as well as a batch of fresh basil leaves. However, he ended up bringing home a bucket full of other fresh produce, as well, including cucumber, green pepper, grapes, zucchini, and Italian herbs.
Perfect Summer Appetizer
Crispy bruschetta with fresh and delicate toppings is the perfect summer appetizer. If you don't have home-grown tomatoes and basil in your garden, I suggest visiting your local farmer's market. Purchase fresh and organic ingredients there and make the best and simple bruschetta at home.
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Serves: 30 bruschetta or more
- 1 baguette, French bread, or similar Italian bread
- 4 medium ripe tomatoes (I used 1 beef tomato and 3 roma tomatoes)
- 20 or more fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced or chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- On a cutting board, dice the tomatoes and roughly chop the basil. Toss them into a medium-sized bowl.
- In the meantime, mince the garlic and combine it with the tomatoes and basil mixture.
- Add the extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to the mixture. Use a spoon to combine evenly.
- Add the sea salt and ground black pepper. Check for taste. Set aside or cover with cling wrap and put in the fridge.
- Slice the baguette with a serrated knife on the diagonal, making half-inch thick slices.
- Align bread slices in a prepared pan. (I used a roasting pan layered with aluminum foil.)
- Brush one side of each slice with olive oil. Toast bread until golden, 10 to 15 minutes. (You can also rub slices with 1 of the garlic cloves after toasting, if you like. I didn't do this.)
- Spoon the topping on each slice of toasted bread.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.
Tips and Suggestions
- For delicious bruschetta, be sure to use as fresh of ingredients as possible. If you have home-grown tomatoes and basil, it would be best to use your own. However, if you don't, I recommend buying fresh tomatoes and basil at the local farmer's market a day before.
- Bruschetta is known as an appetizer; however, it can also be served as a delicious snack. The preparation is easy and simple, so it is a breeze for you to make this healthy snack for your family.
- Did you know you can make a variety of bruschetta's toppings? You can choose mushrooms, mozzarella, sun-dried tomato, olive, avocado, pesto, and much more. You can be creative to make your own toppings for this delicious appetizer.
- If you have any leftover mixture, save it in a container and keep it in a fridge. Serve it with chips or crackers.
- If you are looking for a classy appetizer to serve at a dinner party or birthday celebration, bruschetta is a great option!
- Did you know you can make sweet bruschetta? Use Nutella, peanut butter, jam and/or fresh fruit of your choice! It's the perfect sweet snack for kids.
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