Clever Kitchen: Homemade Bruschetta

by Alecia on May 14, 2012

One of my most-favorite edible treats is Bruschetta!  I can still remember the very first time I ever had Bruschetta – I was working in a restaurant the summer after Freshman year at college and it was one of the cheapest items on the menu.  One night, when I was starving, I ordered it.  My life has never been the same :) .  Bruschetta is so easy to make and requires only a few fresh ingredients.  You can easily vary your own Bruschetta based on what you like and what you have in the house.  With summer almost here and tomatoes in season, this is the perfect summer recipe when entertaining guests, as an afternoon snack, or fresh dinner appetizer!  Here’s our favorite way to make it …

Ingredients -

    • 6 slices of Crusty Bread, 1/4″ – 1/2″ thick (Sourdough, French, Italian, etc)
    • 1 small Tomato, diced
    • 5 fresh Basil leaves, chopped
    • 2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese, grated (optional)
    • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • 1 clove Garlic, cut in half
Directions -

Brush the tops of your sliced bread with extra virgin olive oil.  Toast lightly on a griddle pan, pan on the stove, in the oven, or in a toaster oven (we actually toast ours on the Panini grill for a few minutes).  Remove from heat when lightly toasted and rub with cut-side of garlic for flavor (don’t go crazy, a little will go a long way).  Top the oil-side of your bread slices with diced tomatoes, a few pieces of fresh basil, and grated Parmesan cheese (if using).

Serve while the bread is still warm and toasty!  Delicious!

A few variations - 

    • For more olive oil taste – Toast your bread without the oil, top as directed above, and then drizzle everything with the extra virgin olive oil.
    • For more garlic taste – mince your garlic and spread it on the bread with the olive oil before toasting.
    • For less mess – slice your tomato and basil instead of dicing and chopping them.
    • Easy serving for guests – mix the tomato, basil, and Parmesan in a bowl.  Plate the bread slices around the bowl of topping with a spoon and encourage guests to top their own slices of bread.
    • Use small chunks of fresh Mozzarella cheese instead of Parmesan.
    • Add 1 tbsp diced red onion to your diced tomato.

Find even more tasty creations from my Clever Kitchen!

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