Bruschetta is a great appetizer or hors d’oeuvre. Simple ingredients like tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and fresh basil create the perfect topping for fresh slices of baguette.
We love Italian flavours in this house. From wine to cheese, pasta to cappuccino…one of my “go to” places to travel would definitely be Italy.
During my daughter’s birthday celebration she requested bruschetta as part of the meal. Perfect for me…and it was during market season so getting the best and freshest ingredients was not an issue. Tomatoes and basil were ripe for the picking…perfect for my little party appetizers.
Truly bruschetta is made with minimal ingredients but the flavour is so incredible, I could make a meal on this alone (with a glass or two of wine ?). Using fresh basil and a really good balsamic vinegar makes the world of difference in the final product, this is not the time to skimp on quality (or anytime really).
All you need are some fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, salt, balsamic vinegar, and I like to add Italian seasoning. Some people like the addition of garlic, however I don’t like “raw” garlic so you can opt for garlic powder if you want to add it to your mix.
Roughly chop the tomatoes….I used the blender and very quickly just gave them a good pulse or two. Add the remaining ingredients to the tomatoes and place in the fridge for a couple of hours so the flavours combine nicely.
Grab a really nice fresh baguette. Slice, and spread with herbed butter or olive oil. Place under the broiler to brown and crisp the bread. On the nice warm bread spread a good serving of the wonderful bruschetta mixture. At this point you can serve as is, or you can add some grated cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano, Mozzarella or Pecorino work well) and return to the broiler until melted.
That’s it…totally simple…totally awesome. Next time you are looking for a great start to any dinner…Fresh Tomato Bruschetta is the perfect choice.
For another great tomato recipe try:
- 2 cups of fresh tomatoes (roughly chopped)
- 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
- ⅓ cup fresh basil (finely chopped)
- 2 tbsp. olive oil (approximately)
- ½ tsp. garlic powder (optional)
- Wash and roughly chop tomatoes
- Add remaining ingredients
- Let sit for at least an hour so flavours combine
- Slice baguette and spread with olive oil or herbed butter
- Place under the broiler to crisp
- Remove from oven and top slices with bruschetta mixture
- Bruschetta is ready to eat, but you can also top with grated cheese and return to broiler to melt
Another great fresh tomato recipe is:
Fresh Tomato Puttanesca Sauce