A classic appetizer with fresh basil and tomatoes to bring a taste of Italy to your place. A perfect and flavorful start for your summer brunch! It’s refreshing, and the tangy tomatoes and our secret garnishes make it even better!
Serving Size: Makes 24
Total Time: 30 minutes
- Preparation Time: 8 mins
- Marinating Time: 10-15 mins
- Bake Time: 7 mins
Nutrition (per serving):
- 8 medium tomatoes (about 500g)
- 6-8 fresh basil leaves
- 5 garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 5 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- ⅓ cup of parmesan cheese
- 1 loaf baguette
Step By Step Process To An Amazing Tomato Bruschetta
Well, gather your ingredients, and let’s get started. Because we too can’t wait to try out this delicious, tangy starter!
Prepare Your Ingredients
Start off by dicing 8 medium tomatoes coarsely. Once you’re done, drain out any excess water and transfer it to a bowl. It’s better to use a medium bowl so that it’s easier to mix.
Set the bowl aside and let’s get to the basil. Take some fresh basil and pluck it off the stem. Then stack the leaves on top of each other and roll them up. Now, take a sharp knife to slice or chiffonade the basil into thin ribbons. Then add the basil to the bowl with tomatoes.
Next, onto the garlic. Mince the garlic finely and separate one clove worth of minced garlic aside. Add the rest with the tomatoes and basil.
Now take a small bowl and add the separated minced garlic. Then mix it with 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Set that aside and save it for later.
Add Your Dressings
Now, take your tomato mixture and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Followed by 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, ½ teaspoon of salt. And finally, add ¼ teaspoon of black pepper. After that, take a spatula and stir to combine everything together.
Then, set your mixture aside to marinate. It should take about 15-30 minutes. But you can leave it aside for an hour. This will help the mixture to blend better. Moreover, the flavors will be richer as the dressing soaks in.
Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400°F with a rack at the center. Now that our oven is set, let’s prepare the bread.
Prepare Your Baguette
Take your baguette and cut them into half-inch slices into 24 pieces. Cut them diagonally for a prettier presentation. Arrange your bread on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Now bring out your garlic-infused olive oil. Take a brush and dip it in the oil to coat the top side of the bread. Flip the bread and repeat it for the other side.
Make sure to use all the oil. The flavor of the oil will definitely enrich the bread’s taste.
Once both the sides are coated. Take a little bit of shredded parmesan cheese and sprinkle it over. This will add a little bit of salty bite to your toast.
It’s Baking Time!
Now, take your tray and place it in the oven at 400°F. Bake it for about 5 minutes. After that, increase the heat to broil on high heat for 1-2 minutes. Or until the edges of your bread are golden brown.
Finally, it’s time to take out your tray. Make sure to put on your oven mittens and carefully take them out. And now it’s time to prepare your bruschetta!
Finish It Off By Adding The Toppings
Now, take your crispy toast from the tray and place them on a plate. Let’s add the toppings now.
Well, there are actually three ways you can build the bread. The first is pretty simple. You’ll just have to pile up your bread with the tomato mixture. The fresh tomatoes and the cheese on the bread blend together really well! And the taste is phenomenal.
Then comes the second way. Pile up the tomato on the bread the same way you did with the first. To enhance the essence, even more, you can add a drizzle of olive oil on top. Ahh, the fresh taste of olive oil flavor with these tangy tomatoes!
Now for the last and final one! Instead of olive oil, we are going to add the balsamic vinegar. Yeah! You heard me right. Trust me, this is going to be life-changing. Just drizzle a little bit over the top as garnish. And voila, we’re done!
How Long before Can I Prep The Toast?
If you’re going to eat it within the next 20 minutes or so. You can prep it altogether. But if it’s for a party serve them separately! Or else they might get soggy. Make sure to place the balsamic vinegar and olive oil for dressing.
What Can I Use Instead Of Basil?
If you find the basil too strong for your liking. Then, you can switch it up. Use thyme or oregano instead. You’ll get the same flavor, just a nudge lighter!
Can Bruschetta Be Made The Day Before?
If it’s for a big party, there’s good news for you! You can store the toppings for 2 days beforehand. So make the toppings the day before. And on the day of your big party, just pop the baguette in the oven and serve.
How Can I Make My Bruschetta More Healthy?
You can switch to mozzarella cheese. It is comparatively lower in calories. But if you want, you can cut the cheese altogether!
How Can I Make Bruschetta Vegan?
You can switch to plant-based cheese for this. Those will taste the same and you can have these delicious treats. Moreover.
How to Make This Dish Suitable For Lactose Intolerant People?
Well, technically lactose intolerant people can eat cheese. But the cheese has to be aged 2 or more years. It is basically lactose-free then. Or you can even skip the cheese.
Have fun making this delicious tomato bruschetta!
But you guys! We made it to the end. Look how gorgeous this dish looks! Aah! So, grab one and take a bite. ‘Cause I can’t wait any longer.