Classic Bruschetta Appetizer Recipe

It doesn’t take traveling to Italy to know that the simple, classic bruschetta appetizer recipe is the perfect way to use summer tomatoes or impress holiday guests.

It doesn't take traveling to Italy to know that the simple, classic bruschetta appetizer recipe is the perfect way to use summer tomatoes or impress holiday guests. ohsweetbasil.com

How to Pronounce Bruschetta

Let’s get right into this Classic Bruscetta Appetizer Recipe and to start us off I wanted to talk about how to pronounce it. I should mention, it’s Cade here and I’m taking over the blog for the day.

We hear people say brush-ey-ta allll the time, but it’s actually pronounced, Brus-kay-tug. Not key-tuh, but kay-tuh. Bruskaytuh.

How to Serve Bruschetta

Bruschetta is a wonderful thing. You can serve it on anything from breakfast to dinner and appetizer to main dish. It’s much like a Mexican salsa in that it’s only a few fresh ingredients and easy to make. We love to serve bruschetta as a cold appetizer. In this recipe we found Balsamic Vinegar and Basil Triscuit crackers and Foccia crackers which were much easier than worrying about buying fresh bread and we didn’t have to do any prep work.

Doesn’t it feel nice to have a healthy appetizer that takes less than 5 minutes to prepare?

If you want to be fancier you can always throw it on top of chicken, in a salad, or even on eggs or toast for breakfast.

It doesn't take traveling to Italy to know that the simple, classic bruschetta appetizer recipe is the perfect way to use summer tomatoes or impress holiday guests.

How to Store Bruschetta

While tomatoes love to be stored on the counter, once they have been sliced you need to store everything in the fridge which will unfortunately zap the flavor out of the tomatoes and they will produce more juices. We prefer to store in a ziploc bag so that we can press out as much air as possible but rubber containers will work too.

How to Toast Bread for Bruschetta

Should you choose to use bread instead of crackers, which is awesome, make sure you choose a fresh baguette and then slice it on the diagonal. Brush each side of the bread with extra virgin olive oil and rub a sliced piece of garlic over the bread. You can add a tiny pinch of sea salt if you wish.

Bake the bread until golden.

If you don’t want the bread crispy on both sides just brush only the tops with olive oil.

It doesn't take traveling to Italy to know that the simple, classic bruschetta appetizer recipe is the perfect way to use summer tomatoes or impress holiday guests.

What Tomatoes to Use for Bruschetta

This is the dish you’ll want to be watching the farmers market to make. When the tomatoes are at their peak in the growing season it’s the perfect time to make classic bruschetta appetizer recipe. The tomatoes are perfectly juicy and flavorful while those in the grocery store lack flavor and that beautiful, rich red inside.

We love to use heirloom tomatoes which provide a variety of flavor and richness to the dish.

How to Know When a Tomato is Ripe

A tomato should be rich in color depending on the variety so gold for the sun bursts, a full red for Roma or Beef Steak, and so on. The tomato should feel heavy in your hand, and trust me, the more you feel tomatoes the more you’ll notice the weight. And the tomatoes should feel very fragile. If you pressed on the skin would it feel like the skin would, pop much like a water balloon with too much pressure? That’s how you know it’s ripe enough to use.

How to Make Classic Bruschetta Appetizer Recipe

This is the easiest recipe ever. Dice a variety of tomatoes and add to a bowl. Don’t worry about getting rid of the seeds and juice as that only adds more flavor.

Gently fold in olive oil and basil.

Place the tomatoes on bread or crackers and add a sprinkle of fine flaked sea salt.

It doesn't take traveling to Italy to know that the simple, classic bruschetta appetizer recipe is the perfect way to use summer tomatoes or impress holiday guests.

Sometimes we like to throw in feta because when isn’t a little cheese good?

Classic Bruschetta Appetizer Recipe
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
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Total time: 
Serves: 4-6
 
It doesn't take traveling to Italy to know that the simple, classic bruschetta appetizer recipe is the perfect way to use summer tomatoes or impress holiday guests.
Ingredients
  • 4 Heirloom Tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons Basil, chopped
  • ¼ Cup High Quality Olive Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons White Wine Vingear
  • Crackers or bread for serving (see post for how to prepare bread)
  • Sea salt for finishing
Instructions
  1. Place the tomatoes, basil and olive oil, vinegar in a bowl and toss to coat.
  2. Spoon a little tomato onto each cracker or bread or serve family style. See note.
  3. Finish with a little salt and enjoy.
Notes
If you serve family style make sure to sprinkle a little salt in the dish and toss once to season well before serving.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅓ cup Calories: 144 Fat: 13.8 Sugar: 3.3 Fiber: 1.5 Protein: 1.1

It doesn't take traveling to Italy to know that the simple, classic bruschetta appetizer recipe is the perfect way to use summer tomatoes or impress holiday guests.

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.