Bruschetta Recipe - Tomatoes are the star of the show

Bruschetta Recipe

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 24 pieces
Calories: 151kcal
Author: Katie Berry
This simple 5-minute appetizer features a robust blend of fresh tomatoes and herbs on top of garlic-rubbed, grilled bread.
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  • 1 loaf Italian bread or baguette
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (divided) excellent quality, extra virgin
  • 6 cloves garlic divided
  • 1 lb. plum tomatoes chopped with juices reserved
  • 6 fresh basil leaves chopped
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven broiler and move a rack to about 6 inches from the top. Slice the garlic cloves in half lengthwise.
  • Cut the bread into 1-inch slices. Very lightly brush the top of each slice with a little olive oil and arrange it on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Broil 2-3 minutes, just until golden brown. Work in batches if necessary.
  • Remove bread from the oven and immediately rub each slice with the cut side of a clove of garlic. You can usually use one clove for two to three pieces of bread. Set the bread aside.
  • Mince the garlic then combine it with the remaining oil, tomatoes, and basil in a non-reactive bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • To serve, arrange the bread slices on a platter, toasted side up. Spoon the topping onto the slices and enjoy.


To make ahead of time, or for smaller crowds, serve the topping in a bowl and allow guests to add it to their bread so it doesn't get soggy while it sits.


Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 2.8mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.6mg