Garden fresh tomato bruschetta is without doubt my summer time favorite finger food. You only needs 10 minutes to prep this. Its light, fresh, ideal for a summer gathering with friends. An easy Italian starter that is fresh, tasty and full of flavor.
What’s Tomato Bruschetta?
It’s comprised of grilled bread. fresh garden tomatoes simply chopped and mixed with some fresh amazing herby flavors. This rustic appetizer can be served as light lunch or snack! Also great to pair it with BBQ meat for light side.
Alternatively you can roast tomato to pack in more flavors, and believe me it won’t take too much time or effort to make roasted tomatoes. Roasted tomatoes on bruschetta is next level.
Why You Need To Try This Recipe?
It has toasted French/Italian bread rubbed with generous garlic for flavor, juicy chopped tomatoes and fresh basil leaves. It’s a wonderful way to use all the fresh tomatoes and herbs you get at farmers market.
Garden fresh ripe tomatoes (cherry tomatoes from the garden), fresh basil and good quality olive oil along with salt & pepper seasoning is all you need to make tomato basil bruschetta. This is probably the most EASIEST and SIMPLEST bruschetta recipe.
Roasted tomatoes for bruschetta are great, when extremely fresh beautiful tomatoes are flooded in market. If you think you don’t have time to roast, you got to make bruschetta with fresh tomato. No doubt tomatoes are great eat them raw, roast them – either way.
To get vibrant rainbow colors here double tomatoes i.e yellow cherry tomatoes and red tomatoes went in making these light snack.
If you have the tomatoes prepped and ready (chopped) you can serve bruschetta in literally minutes. Don’t even bother removing the seeds (unless the seeds are super huge or you really really hate the bite of tomato seeds). And we are flavor enhancing these bruschetta with generous rub of garlic onto the French loaf bread.
There are 2 ways of adding flavor of garlic to these amazing bruschetta –
- you could mince garlic and add it to the tomato filling. You will end up eating raw garlic.
- you rub generous amount of garlic to the French bread , drizzle with olive oil and grill them. The kick of garlic in the bread is heaven. No more raw garlic smell or taste.
So what are we drizzling on top you may ask? It’s a secret drizzling sauce that you won’t believe how delicious and simple it is. Balsamic glaze drizzled over bruschetta is definitely the best kind of drizzle you might think, but the aim is to keep it very simple with no fancy ingredients, fresh and healthy as possible, so balsamic glaze – be gone!
The left over juices from the tomato basil mix in the bowl which is usually thrown away is what we drizzle over our healthy bruschetta. Bruschetta recipe is remarkably simple. The left over juices in the bowl dresses the bruschetta taking it to a whole new level!
Which Tomato Is Best For Bruschetta?
The secret to a great tomato bruschetta is …. TOMATOES! Duh! Ofcourse we all know that, isn’t is!
You need insanely FRESH and RIPE tomatoes to make bruschetta that is incredible in taste. And when tomatoes are in season they are freshest to their best. Use mix of tomatoes to make fun rainbow colored bruschetta. A mix of heirloom tomatoes, roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes works best.
How To Prepare Tomatoes For Bruschetta?
Diced tomatoes makes great bruschetta. We are talking fresh tomato bruschetta and not the roasted types. Also you can leave the seeds on really. Some folks wont agree with me. They believe tomato seeds in bruschetta is a BIG NO. But the seeds really did not bother me in the bruschetta, I hardly got to bite the seeds while eating. Unless the tomatoes that you use has HUGE seeds(that can be annoying to bite into), don’t bother removing. And make use to have cut tomatoes into even dices.
How To Drain Tomatoes For Bruschetta?
Mix diced tomatoes, basil chopped into thin strips, sea salt, cracked pepper and good quality olive oil. Cover and rest it for atleast 1 hour. Tomatoes will absorb all the flavors and release some liquid into the bowl.
Toast French baguette slices and rub garlic on top. Drizzle olive oil. Olive oil helps the bruschetta from turning soggy too fast. You want tomato bruschetta that has crunch from the bread and fresh bite from tomato-basil.
Just before serving scoop out from top tomato-basil mix and spread it over the grilled French baguette slices. You should be serving this immediately.
Can Tomato-Basil Filling Be Made Ahead?
Yes absolutely. Mix all the fresh ingredients and seasoning in a bowl. Cover and refrigerator the mix in fridge over night (not longer than a night). You can also grill the bread slices rub with garlic, drizzle olive oil the previous day. Allow the grilled bread slices to cool completely and then store in air tight container.
Bring the tomato mixture to room temperature before serving. Then scoop out and spread on toasted/grilled bread.
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Garden Fresh Tomato Bruschetta
- 1 loaf crusty French baguette
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 8-9 fresh basil leaves
- 4-5 cloves of garlic
- 80 ml good quality olive oil
- Sea salt – to taste
- Crushed pepper – to taste
Prep work for tomato bruschetta –
- Dice tomatoes. Chop fresh basil leaves into thin strips or chop them fine. Slice the baguette loaf diagonally into 12 thick slices. Keep peeled garlic ready.
Mix them up -
- In a large bowl, mix tomatoes and basil, taking care not to mash or break up the tomatoes too much. Add salt, crushed pepper to taste. Mix gently. Cover and let tomatoes drink in all the flavors and seasoning.
How to serve -
Toast the bread -
- Brush olive oil on both sides and lightly grill them until they are get nice golden grill marks on both sides. Rub garlic over the grilled bread. You can rub garlic before grilling and then drizzle olive oil. Works just fine wither ways. Scoop out the tomato basil mix and spread on the grilled or toasted bread. Place these tomato bruschetta on rustic wooden serving platters and serve immediately.