How To Make Fresh Bruschetta

How to make fresh homemade bruschetta with garden ripe tomatoes and basil. This bright and summery appetizer is a total crowd pleaser!

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I quickly fell in love with bruschetta about 4 years ago when I was working at Sur La Table. It was always a quick, easy and elegant appetizer we could serve to our culinary class attendees, and it always disappeared in seconds! While I love using roma tomatoes, we always have an abundance of cherry tomatoes in our garden during the summer, so today’s recipe includes pictures featuring them!

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Bruschetta is surprisingly easy to make. Don’t let the fancy name fool you. You’ll need a handful of cherry tomatoes, or a few roma tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, quality olive oil and vinegar, salt & pepper. Pretty simple, right?

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Let the mixture rest while you prep the baguette. Cut it on the bias, brush it with olive oil & garlic and then toast it to golden brown perfection. Now you can either serve it plain with a big pile of tomato mixture on it, OR you can spread some ricotta or fresh mozzarella on the toasts before adding the mixture. YUM!!

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Hosting a party? Having a date night in? Looking no further for the perfect appetizer! This fresh and vibrant snack comes together in just 20 minutes. No matter how you serve it, it’s always a hit!

How To Make Fresh Bruschetta

How to make fresh homemade bruschetta with garden ripe tomatoes and basil. This bright and summery appetizer is a total crowd pleaser!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 c. diced tomatoes (roma, cherry etc.), seeds removed (or a majority of them)
  • 6-8 basil leaves (depending on size), julienned
  • 2 tsp. red wine or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. kosher sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

For the baguette:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil or melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 baguette, sliced on the bias, about 1/4-inch thick

Directions:

  1. In a small non-stick skillet set over medium-low heat, add olive oil. When the oil is hot, add garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Do not let it brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the oil/garlic, tomato, basil, vinegar, salt and pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, combine the oil and garlic powder. Brush the baguette slices with olive oil and toast until lightly browned.
  4. Top with tomato mixture and serve immediately.

– You can also top the toasts with fresh mozzarella before adding the tomato mixture.

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