If you’re looking for a quick, simple, and inexpensive appetizer that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser, then this classic bruschetta recipe definitely fits the bill! It gets its crunch from the toasted bread and the fresh tomato topping provides acidity, sweetness, and juiciness that completes the experience. It’s quite easy to make and a perfect option for the summer!
A Few Simple Ingredients
To make around ten servings of scrumptious bruschetta, you will need the following ingredients:
For the Bread:
- One large baguette cut into quarter-inch slices
- Two cloves of garlic cut into halves
- Olive oil for brushing
For the Tomato Topping:
- Four large tomatoes (diced)
- Two cloves of thinly sliced garlic
- A quarter of a cup of thinly sliced basil
- Four tablespoons of olive oil
- Two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- A teaspoon of salt
- A pinch of red pepper flakes
Follow This Easy Recipe
The first step is to marinate the tomatoes. Heat up the oil over medium-low heat in a medium skillet. Cook the garlic for two to four minutes until it turns golden. Remove it and let it cool. In a large bowl, mix together the basil, tomatoes, salt, vinegar, and red pepper flakes. Stir in the garlic and the oil it was frying in. Let the tomato mixture marinate for at least half an hour.
Time to toast the bread! Preheat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit. Brush both sides of the bread slices with olive oil and place them on a baking sheet. Toast the bread for 10 to 15 minutes until they’re golden. Be sure to turn the slices halfway through.
Enjoy the Bruschetta as an Appetizer
Allow the bread to cool for five minutes then rub the tops with halved cloves of garlic. Just before serving, spoon the marinated tomatoes on the bread. Big, juicy tomato varieties are excellent for this recipe. If you prefer, you can use a colorful mix of cherry or grape tomatoes to make it more fun and vibrant. Enjoy this scrumptious appetizer with friends and family!