Bruschetta: the classic Italian appetizer recipe with tomato and basil

Total time: 35 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 10 people
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6 to 7
Garlic, minced
2 cloves
Extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp (plus extra for serving)
fresh basil, chopped
6 to 8 leaves
3/4 tsp
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp
baguette or Italian bread
balsamic vinegar (optional)
1 tsp

Bruschetta (pronounced "brusketta" broo-skeh-tuh) is an easy Italian appetizer (antipasto) recipe everyone loves. A classic bruschetta is basically a toasted French or Italian bread slice that's rubbed with garlic and topped with diced fresh tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and black pepper.

The Italian word bruschetta derives from bruscare which means "to roast on hot coals", hence the slices of bread that are toasted. With a crunchy base and its soft, salty topping, bruschetta balances all this delicious flavors with few garden ingredients. The balsamic vinegar adds an incredible kick to the recipe.

Classic bruschetta is the perfect dish to make in no time. Serve it warm or cold on summer or during a special party as you make a large batch of the topping ahead of time. You'll love it!

Bruschetta vs Crostini

Bruschetta are similar to crostini in look, but the main difference is in the bread. In fact, crostini (or croutons) use a smaller, more round bread.

Moreover, crostini are often used to make canapés with savory condiments made of cheese, pate and meat. On the contrary, bruschetta is the traditional Italian appetizer.

What is the best Bread for making a Bruschetta?

The best bread to use for a bruschetta is the Italian ciabatta or a large French baguette. You can also try the sourdough as it has a rustic crumb that pairs well with tomato topping.

Tips for making the Best Italian Bruschetta

Cherry tomatoes are perfect to make a classic bruschetta. You don't even need to blanch or peel them.

Make sure to thinly slice basil leave by rolling them up like a cigar.

You can customize a bruschetta recipe according to your taste. You can add mozzarella, or grated Parmesan cheese.

How to store Classic Bruschetta

You can store bruschetta topping in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, closed in an airtight container. For the bread, it's best to toast it just before serving as it becomes stale quickly.

How to make Bruschetta

For making a bruschetta, first dice tomatoes.

Add the chopped tomatoes in a bowl. Then stir in the basil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Mix until combined and let it marinate for 15-30 minutes.

Cut the bread into 1/4-inch slices, then brush them on both sides with oil.

You can place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and toast bread in the oven at 400°F for up to 15 minutes or until golden brown, flipping each slice halfway cooking. Otherwise, you can grill it. Let the bread cool for 5 minutes, then rub one side with halved garlic clove. Spoon the tomato topping on each toasted bread slice.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

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