Bruschetta is a simple, yet exceptional Italian classic. Vine-ripened tomatoes, freshly chopped garlic and basil leaves gently tossed in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a little salt and pepper, all generously spooned over crisp garlic bread for a fantastic appetizer or light lunch. This Bruschetta Recipe is also perfect to serve over chicken or even stirred into this recipe for The Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce.
I realize there are people out there that don’t like tomatoes, but I just can’t imagine what that life must be like. I love tomatoes and always have. Tomatoes are one of the most delicious creations God gave us. They are so versatile and a staple in so many amazing cuisines. Bruschetta is one recipe that really allows tomatoes to shine. If you can get your hands on some fresh vine-ripened tomatoes or any kind of homegrown or farmers market tomato that is perfectly ripened, you are in for a treat!
There are many different ways to prepare the garlic toast to serve the bruschetta on. My personal favorite is ciabatta bread that has been rubbed with a sliced garlic clove, then brushed with olive oil, and dusted with a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground pepper. If that’s not possible or seems like too much work, grab a baguette, slice it, and brush it with butter/olive oil/crushed garlic and then toast it in your oven. I like to toast both sides so it is extra crisp.
Pile that Bruschetta up high on a piece of the freshly toasted garlic bread. It’s heaven, I tell ya! Heaven! If you like, you can take it up one more notch and lightly drizzle it with a balsamic glaze or reduction.
More Italian Inspired Recipes You’ll Love
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- Baked Ziti
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- Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic and Parmesan
step by step pictures for how to make this classic Homemade bruschetta recipe
Tips for making this homemade Bruschetta Recipe
- Use the freshest vine-ripened tomatoes you can find.
- Use fresh garlic. This is a must to get the authentic flavor.
- Do not over salt. Use the recommended amount in the recipe, and then taste after it has marinated for at least 30 minutes before adding more to taste.
- Olive oil is also a must as far as ingredients go. The olive oil brings out the tomato flavor and compliments it perfectly.
- I feel like a broken record, but fresh basil is also a must. Basically, it’s crucial to use everything fresh in this recipe.
- Use balsamic vinegar to mix it up, but you can also drizzle a little balsamic glaze over your bruschetta once you get it on the garlic toast. YUM!
- 4-5 large vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- ⅓ cup basil leaves rolled and thinly sliced
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and toss to coat. Let sit for at least 30 minutes or overnight before serving.
- Bruschetta tastes best at room temperature so whenever possible make fresh about 30 minutes before serving for optimum results.
- Serve over toasted garlic ciabatta bread or baguette slices.
- Two different ways to prepare your garlic bread:
- Cut a clove of garlic in half and rub it on each slice of bread to give an essence of garlic flavor. Then brush on a little butter or olive oil.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, put 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp butter, and 1-2 crushed garlic cloves. Place in the microwave for a few seconds to melt butter. Brush each piece of bread with the mixture. (This way is faster.)
- Toast under the broiler. I like to toast both sides so it's extra crispy, but I only put the butter mixture on one side.
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