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This Tomato Bruschetta Recipe is bursting with fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic, all piled on crisp, toasted bread for a classic appetizer that everyone loves!
The essential basics for a good bruschetta are fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh garlic and a good quality olive oil. Since there are only a few ingredients in this recipe, you want them to be excellent quality. Pair fresh tomatoes from the garden or farmer’s market with fresh basil and garlic and it’s a downright flavor explosion.
Roma tomatoes are my favorite to use here because they have the least amount liquid in them, but you could use beefsteak, heirloom or even cherry tomatoes. The tomatoes are marinated in olive oil with fresh chopped garlic, basil and salt and pepper. I like to add a little balsamic vinegar to my recipe for the sweet and tangy punch of flavor.
This classic appetizer originated in Italy. It is made with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil and served with a side of toasted bread as a snack or starter to a meal. Some variations add balsamic vinegar, onions or even Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese. Tomatoes are marinated with basil, garlic and olive oil, then served on toasted bread.
Bruschetta can be served either at room temperature or right out of the fridge. As long as you give the mixture time to marinate you’ll have a flavor explosion either way!
You can store the tomato bruschetta topping in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge. I recommend serving the tomato mixture in a separate bowl with crostini on the side so your guests can make their own appetizers. If served assembled, the bruschetta should be eaten within two hours otherwise the bread starts to get mushy.
Toasted bread simply will not be good after a few hours as it begins to harden. Save leftover crostini in a sealed container and use it as croutons or to make breadcrumbs.
The tomato topping is also delicious over pasta with a little added olive oil (sans bread, of course).
We serve our bruschetta with traditional toasted bread, or crostini. However you can customize this recipe in a variety of ways:
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