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My Fave Easy Classic Bruschetta

June 10, 2024
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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Savor the taste of summer with My Fave Easy Classic Bruschetta recipe. It's quick, easy, and bursting with fresh flavors that everyone will love.

My Fave Easy Classic Bruschetta

Elevate your appetizer game with My Fave Easy Classic Bruschetta recipe! With just a handful of simple ingredients like ripe tomatoes, fresh parsley + garlic. This dish bursts with flavor. Whether you're entertaining guests or simply craving a light and tasty snack, this bruschetta is sure to impress. Gluten-free Option.

Bruschettas on a platter with a gold spoon.

During lazy summer days, my absolute favorite snack + appetizer has to be Classic Bruschetta. It's the perfect excuse to enjoy those juicy ripe tomatoes! While we love whipping up other easy tomato dishes like Creamy Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup, Salsa, and herbed butter tomato pizza, there's just something about the simple pleasure of this bruschetta recipe that never gets old.

This appetizer is a breeze to make, using simple, wholesome ingredients that burst with flavor. Ready in just 15 minutes, it's perfect for entertaining a crowd or snacking at home. Loved by adults, kids, and everyone in between. Plus you can add my all-time favorite herb-roasted tomatoes on top for that extra burst of flavor.

If you're a snacking enthusiast like me, you've got to give my sweet + spicy crackers a try! Pair them with Pesto Whipped Feta Dip, Hummus, or Bean Salsa!

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What Is Bruschetta?

Bruschetta is like a taste of Italy on a slice of bread! Picture this: grilled bread rubbed with garlic, drizzled with olive oil, and topped with ripe tomatoes and fragrant basil + parsley. It's simple, fresh, and bursting with flavor—a perfect way to kick off a meal with a touch of Mediterranean flair.

Ingredients on a burgundy wood table.

What's To Love About Classic Bruschetta?

  • Bursting with fresh flavors and a perfect balance of textures.
  • Simple yet sophisticated appetizer
  • Quick + easy to prepare
  • Crowd-pleaser at parties
  • Ideal for using up ripe tomatoes
  • Great for spring + summer gatherings
  • Light + refreshing
Sliced bread on a baking sheet with foil.

Classic Bruschetta Ingredients

Here's all you need to whip up this versatile classic appetizer. Feel free to swap parsley for basil or apple cider vinegar for balsamic vinegar. Just be sure to use a crusty bread like baguette or ciabatta—it's the key to perfection!

BRUSCHETTA:

  • French baguette. Sliced into ½-inch slices.
  • Roma tomatoes. Diced --- You can also roast them for added flavor. (See how to below)
  • Garlic cloves. Minced.
  • Extra virgin olive oil. Feel free to use your favorite high-quality EVOO. My fave tried and trusted brand is California Olive Ranch.
  • Fresh parsley. Chopped (You can sub with fresh basil)
  • Apple cider vinegar. You can sub with balsamic vinegar.
  • Herbs + spices. Sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika + dried thyme.
  • Freshly-grated parmesan. This adds a nice cheesy umami pop to the overall flavor.

SHOP MY FAVORITE TOOLS FOR BAKING, ESPECIALLY FOR THIS BRUSCHETTA!

Here, I’ve curated a list of baking + cooking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite dishes, especially with this Classic Bruschetta.  Everything from my fave loaf pan, wooden spoons, parchment paper, and more. SEE THEM HERE!

Bruschetta toppings in a bowl with garlic and a gold spoon.

How To Make My Fave Classic Bruschetta

This recipe is all about keeping it easy and simple, and the real star here? Fresh tomatoes ----- For the best results, be sure to pick up some high-quality, ripe tomatoes! They're the secret to making this dish truly shine.

TOAST THE BREAD:

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  • Add sliced bread onto baking sheet and toast bread for 5 minutes or until golden and nice and crisp.

TO MAKE THE TOPPING:

  • In a bowl, add the diced tomatoes, minced garlic, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, chopped parsley, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika, thyme, and parmesan, tossing everything together until combined.

ASSEMBLE:

  • On your favorite platter, add the toasted sliced bread (lined side by side) and spoon 1-2 Tbsps of tomato topping atop each slice. Repeat until all breads are topped. Serve immediately.
Bruschetta topping being stirred together in a bowl.

How To Make Herb Roasted Tomatoes?

To elevate your bruschetta, consider adding herb-roasted tomatoes for an extra burst of flavor. They can be used in place of fresh tomatoes or combined for added depth. These savory, umami-rich roasted tomatoes are delightful on their own, atop toast, pasta, or as a side to any summery meal. Check out the recipe HERE!

Bruschetta on a platter with herb garnish and a red napkin.

What Is The Best Bread For Bruschetta?

When it comes to bruschetta, the best bread is often a crusty variety like a french baguette. Their sturdy texture holds up well to the toppings, while their crispy exterior contrasts beautifully with the soft interior. If you are in a bind, you can also use:

  • Ciabatta
  • Sourdough
  • Italian Bread
  • Focaccia

What Should I Serve With Bruschetta?

Bruschetta screams summer, especially when surrounded by tasty sides! Picture a colorful charcuterie board, deviled eggs, tuna salad, crackers, or my beloved whipped feta dip, all enhancing the vibrant flavors of the bruschetta. For something more toss in a cold pasta salad or some hot honey chicken, and don't forget to serve it all up with a refreshing glass of Southern sweet tea.

Bruschetta on a platter with fresh parsley on a burgundy wood table.

What Are The Best Tomatoes For Bruschetta?

For bruschetta, you'll want to use tomatoes that are ripe, juicy, and bursting with flavor. Varieties like Roma, San Marzano, or heirloom tomatoes are excellent choices because they have a rich, sweet taste and firm texture. Look for tomatoes that are deeply colored and have a slight give when gently squeezed. These types of tomatoes will elevate the flavor of your bruschetta and make it truly irresistible!

Classic Bruschetta Q + A's

Can I Make Classic Bruschetta gluten-free?

To make this recipe gluten-free, simply substitute bread with a GF-friendly bread.

Can i make more?

For additional servings, simply DOUBLE or TRIPLE the ingredients.

Can I make bruschetta ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the tomato topping in advance and store it in the refrigerator. However, it's best to assemble the bruschetta with the tomato topping on the toasted bread just before serving to prevent the bread from becoming soggy.

How do I store leftover bruschetta?

If you have leftover bruschetta, store the tomato topping separately from the toasted bread to prevent sogginess. Place the tomato topping in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2-3 days. When ready to enjoy, simply re-toast the bread and assemble with the tomato topping.

Up close shot of Bruschetta on a platter with a gold spoon and parmesan.

More Easy Appetizers + Starters

If you enjoyed this healthy + easy Classic Bruschetta recipe, make sure to add these irresistible dishes to your "must-make next" list!

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Bruschettas on a platter with a gold spoon.

My Fave Easy Classic Bruschetta

June 10, 2024
5 from 1 vote
Elevate your appetizer game with My Fave Easy Classic Bruschetta recipe! With just a handful of simple ingredients like ripe tomatoes, fresh basil + garlic. This dish bursts with flavor. Whether you're entertaining guests or simply craving a light and tasty snack, this bruschetta is sure to impress. Gluten-free Option.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients

BRUSCHETTA:

  • 1 loaf French baguette, sliced into ½-inch slices
  • 6 medium roma tomatoes, diced (You can also roast them for added flavor; See Notes!)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped (You can sub with fresh basil)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (You can sub with balsamic vinegar)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 Tbsps freshly-grated parmesan

Instructions

TOAST THE BREAD:

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  • Add sliced bread onto baking sheet and toast bread for 5 minutes or until golden and nice and crisp.

TO MAKE THE TOPPING:

  • In a bowl, add the diced tomatoes, minced garlic, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, chopped parsley, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika, thyme, and parmesan, tossing everything together until combined.

ASSEMBLE:

  • On your favorite platter, add the toasted sliced bread (lined side by side) and spoon 1-2 Tbsps of tomato topping atop each slice. Repeat until all breads are topped.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: To make this recipe gluten-free, simply substitute bread with a GF-friendly bread.
  • SERVINGS: For additional servings, simply DOUBLE or TRIPLE the ingredients.
  • HERB ROASTED TOMATOES: To see the recipe, tap this link.

Nutrition

Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 828IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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