Dead of winter, I needed a snack for teen grand-kids, dying of starvation late in the evening. Desperate, I drained canned, diced tomatoes in a sieve, mixed in dried basil, dried minced onion and garlic (to soak up any juices), sunflower oil and a dash of apple cider vinegar. Let set 15 minutes. Served with packaged toasted bagel chips. Got raves!
This recipe was a hit at our company pot luck!! Quick and easy! I followed the recipe however I did give the tomatoes an ice bath after removing from the hot water and the peels came off a lot easier and it also kept the tomatoes more firm. I also found them easier to handle and scooped the seeds out with a teaspoon which made for easy clean up! Thanks for the great recipe definitely a keeper!
Made this today for New Year’s Eve – DE-licious, thanks for posting!
I just made it and it turned out fantastic. seriously everything I expect Bruschetta to taste like and it was so easy to make. Thanks for sharing, it’s definitely a new favorite.
How much does this recipe make? I’m having a party and need to make plenty…
Hi Mitchell, as listed, the recipe makes enough for 24 pieces, serving 6 to 10 as an appetizer.
Simplicity made perfect.
Thank you for the recipe it will become a new staple in my house.
Making thia recipe as I write. Very easy to follow and tastes great!
made it hundreds of times…love this recipe! Thank you!:)
How long will the bruschetta remain good in the refrigerator? Just love it and I have to try this recipe but we are two people so if it keeps awhile I can make this Otherwise I have to cut the receipt.
Hi Elva, like a fresh tomato salsa, it’s best fresh, but should last a few days in the refrigerator.
I’m going to try this recipe today! How far in advance can I make the bruschetta? I’m attending a party this evening and would like to make this ahead of time.
Hi SG, you can easily make the tomato mixture a couple hours ahead. You can also make the toasts a couple hours ahead, though you may want to warm them in the oven before serving.
I’m no chef. But I just made this recipe, and it was waaay too salty. I should have known, being kosher salt. Better to not follow the 1 teaspoon in my opinion and just salt to taste.
what’s Kosher salt?
Hi Susan, kosher salt is a type of salt that is larger grained than normal table salt. See Wikipedia on more information on kosher salt.
For my bruschetta I love it with prociutto. It is absolutley wonderfull !!!!!!!
True Bruschetta is only the bread with olive oil, garlic and salt. The toppings are an American addition.
Good golly miss molly!! I am going to be 71 in two weeks time and I have an arthritic lower back and both knees. I cannot stay standing for more than 10 minutes. So this is so easy and little work and not time consuming. I buy a French loaf of bread with the garlic butter already spread on it. I make sure it is spread on both top and bottom. If not, just melt some butter and add garlic in a jar and spread on the top portion. Then open up a jar of medium salsa and spread that on. I do shred some mozzarella cheese and sprinkle it on top. Then I slice the bread diagonally and then in half. Voila all done. I do sometimes put in oven just long enough to melt the cheese, but just for myself.
This is IT!! I’ve been looking for a bruschetta recipe to match a favorite restaurant’s & this came out better than I could’ve hoped. Hesitated whether to boil/skin the tomatoes, but Im convinced that this simple step is why I love this version so much (not really a tomato lover). Also, the balsamic. Ahhhh the balsamic. It’s everything. THANK YOU for this recipe. It’s a keeper.
I have a bag of sliced bruschetta bread that I want to save for a party I’m having in 2 weeks. Do you think I should store them already toasted with olive oil or freeze them before toasting at all??
Hi Leslie, I would freeze them and toast them before serving.
i think so there is no hard or fast rule to how to make or what to put it every thing depends on your taste buds. I use avacado dip on top of bread then put other things.
First of all: OMG THIS IS THE BEST BRUSCHETTA I’VE EVER HAD!
Okay, now back to sanity. ^_^ Sorry for the caps lock, but this stuff is so seriously delicious I felt like shouting it from the rooftops, but my neighbors might have me committed/arrested, so I decided to shout here instead. ^_-
This was an instant classic with the household, and I had to go out and buy more bread, ’cause we just couldn’t stop eating it!
The only things I did differently, and solely because I didn’t have fresh basil or french bread were:
1) I used basil-infused olive oil instead of plain (which is just my homegrown, dried basil hand-crushed & added to regular olive oil, shaken & left to infuse ’til needed)
2) I used dried basil leaves (about 3.5 whole leaves which I hand-crumbled) ’cause the point of making this was to get rid of things we had a lot of (sooo many tomatoes in this kitchen!), so I wasn’t going to drive alllll the way to the fancy grocery just to get fresh basil (it’s winter, so our herb plants are all hibernating).
3) I cut slices of english muffin bread into thirds, then oiled & toasted as per recipe (this was just the absolute bestest thing ever), then just regular white sandwich bread from corner store. I thought the sandwich bread would be gross, but honestly the tomato mixture is so amazingly good, you could probably put it on toasted cardboard and no one would notice!
4) I’d forgotten I’d done this, but my mom just reminded me: I used three cloves of garlic and 1.5 tsp of balsamic vinegar, ’cause this family loves zest.
So thank you for this recipe! I know I’m going to win the “Best Hors d’Oeuvre” award this holiday season (a made-up award I’m going to present to myself ;P), when I rock this at every party from Turkey Day to New Year’s!
(Also, thanks for the tip about cutting an X into the tomatoes pre-blanche; it made peeling them super-easy! Will be using this trick every time I need to peel tomatoes here on out.)
My husbands family are Italian and they toast the bread the same way but the tomatoes are just cut up and basil, salt. pepper and olive oil are poured over the tomatoes. Leave them set at room temperature for about an hour. Everyone just puts the tomatoes on their own toast. There is no vinegar in this version.
I was so suprised to see balsamic vinear in this because all the Italian restaurants I go to only use olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper and obviously tomatoes.
Differences like this are always so interesting to me :)
Oh no, do not parboil the tomatoes!!!
Just chop, add olive oil, salt & pepper. Best when the bread is broiled with butter first. Lots of chopped garlic and olive oil. This is suppose to be a simple, fresh dish, which it is.
Perfect bruschetta recipe..thank you. We top ours with some homemade pesto aoili…delish!!
I just love a good bruschetta! This recipe is amazing but to give it a little kick I like to add sausage (any pork sausage works) to the tomato mixture and store it in the fridge for about an hour; then top with fresh mozzarella. It has wonderful flavor!
I accidently got Balsamic Dressing, not vinegar..I knew I shouldve gotten the vinegar…could the dressing still work?
If it’s dressing, then you probably don’t need the oil, it should already be in the dressing. And yes, it would work. ~Elise
After a trip to Italy, I too, am now addicted to Bruschetta. I followed this recipe almost exactly….seeding and everything. My only difference was using a Balsamic Vinagrette dressing, as opposed to Balsamic Vinegar. I have found out that REAL Balsamic vinegar is quite a bit diffferent than what we normally get here. I might try the canned tomatoes next time too as most tomatoes we get here don’t have a lot of flavor. Thanks for posting!
Another variation is to roast the garlic and spread it on the toasted bread, or to lightly saute the garlic in olive oil first to tone down the bite of raw garlic. Also, I always top with fresh grated Parmesan cheese just before serving.
You can also add a little jalapeno pepper, seeded, so its not so hot. And I use any tomatoes in season with skin on, just as yum. Feta cheese sprinkled on top, not heated or melted or anything. Fab.
The recipes even better if you add a slice of fresh mozzerella under all the tomatoes! Its the way bruschettas meant to be and boy is it delicious! Seriously, try it, it finishes the recipe.
We prefer unpeeled, raw tomatoes, the really red ones still on the vine that you can find at Whole Foods. I added capers and also coated the bread slices with olive oil and minced garlic before crisping in the oven. Top with some shaved parmesan and it’s great!
First time making bruschetta and it was absolutelty fantastic! I added chopped green onions to the mixture and a little bit of shredded cheddar cheese on each slice of bread that melted on it. PERFECT SNACK! Thank you for the recipe!
Do you think I could can this? I have WAY too many tomatoes in our garden this year!!!!
The tomato topping is fresh, so no, you cannot can it. You can only can cooked tomatoes. ~Elise
How far in advance can this recipe be made?
Personally, I would make it an hour or two at the most. If you refrigerate the tomatoes, you’ll ruin them – change the taste and turn the texture mealy. Basil also doesn’t do well with refrigeration. That said, you could make it the night before, but you would need to leave it at room temperature and then strain the excess water that the tomatoes would release the next morning. ~Elise
Thank you for saying how it’s pronounced. I cringe when people pronounce it with the “sh” sound. Anyway, this is one of my favorite recipes. I love your blog by the way!!
This was perfect. The only thing I changed was to use regular tomatoes on the vine because that’s what I had, and I didn’t peel them, but I did seed them.
The bread I used was “ciabaguette” from Whole Foods which I guess is supposed to be like a ciabatta-style baguette? It was good.
I love this recipe!! So easy to make. I would always make frozen garlic bread when I cook pasta but now I will be making this instead. I do not parboil the tomatoes…I just dice them and add the rest..really tasty…I also sprinkle a lil mozzarella on top.
Jeremy – I never melt it, but I often add a bit of good fresh mozzarella to my bruchetta. I also add a few olives to my recipe.
My brother’s girlfriend is vegan, so we were looking for vegan dishes to serve at his graduation party (and to show off our just-in-season Creole tomatoes). This bruschetta fit the bill perfectly! So simple, so delicious– everyone loved it, and we will make this again!
We tried this last night but only used the tomatoes and instead used chimichurri with a bit of parmagiano cheese. Really really good!
Making bruscetta for the second time, but I grill thr bread on the outdoor grill once I coat it with basil and olive oil. Crisp crust and soft interior. What a treat.
I made this today – great! I had bruschetta for the very first time recently at East Side Mario’s and loved it. I wanted to go back to the restaurant just for the bruschetta! Then I found this recipe and it is elementary as it is delicious! Thanks!
I needed a good recipe for a Special dinner and this brushchetta was a great hit! I varied the amount of ingredients but kept them the same. Turned out great! I sometimes like melting cheese on the bread right before you top it off. I use a mix of provolone and mozarella usually. It was the first recipe I found online and I’m glad I used it!
I love bruschetta! If you don’t want to use the bread, I use Town House ‘Italian Herb’ Flatbread Crisps crackers. They are delicious. Its easy when you want to serve your dish at work, party, or somewhere else than your home.
This recipe is another staple in my cookbook. I love the balances in this recipe and it’s so authentic to what I have when I’m in Italy (except they don’t use the balsamic in some regions).
Great recipe. I also add in oregano. Sometimes I add a dash of oregano onto the bread with a drizzle of oil.
Sometimes I change this up with whole wheat bread for a healthier option. It’s just as tasty.
I like to “fry” the bread (Day old Sourdough)on both sides with a thin layer of olive oil in a skillet and then rub with fresh garlic and sprinkle with salt. For the topping — Heirloom tomatoes (nothing beats them), olive oil and fresh basil tossed together for about 30 minutes. Add a dash of salt and pepper about 5 minutes before serving (to release more flavor from the tomato). Top the bread slices and sprinkle with some Parmesan. This is easily one of my favorite meals.
My daughter-in-law and I made this for our first time today! We used asiago cheese bread for a change-up. And we LOVED IT! We sliced up half a loaf of bread. There is only one piece left, and I don’t think it stands a chance.
Excellent recipe. I used fresh roma tomatoes & basil from my garden, Trader Joe’s Balsalmic and La Brea Tuscan or French bread. Topped w/ shaved parmesan and returned to the oven for 1.5 minutes…delicious!! Also did a version of these adding a dollop of garlic aioli w/ minced pepperocinis, finely chopped proscuitto and grated cheddar, returned to oven to melt cheese…yum! This recipe won a local contest!
Great recipe! We added fresh oregano and garden cherry tomatoes. Then sprinkled parmesan. We had the bruschetta with roasted chicken and salad. what a great summer meal.
This recipe is perfect – don’t change a thing! I make it all summer long and my family and friends love it!
If you don’t double or triple this recipe when you make it, you’ll wish you had.
Thanks, Elise, for this – one of many – “staples” you’ve given my family!
I came across this recipe awhile back, I quickly learned I am allergic to fresh basil. I make it for my husband all the time (I need to use rubber gloves):-(, this is his favorite bruschetta recipe.
Thanks for a great recipe. Absolutely loved it, healthy and really like it as a much healthier alternative to pizza. Tastes better to my taste buds also.
We just made this bruschetta with my high school
Gourmet Foods class……they had never tasted bruschetta before and they went wild for it! It tasted just like I remembered from my old job at a deli! Great recipe!
I have made this recipe many times and it’s great. One thing I suggest is grilling the bread on both sides with a little of olive oil. Thank you for the recipe. :)
Loved this! So easy to make! Thanks!
Try adding cucumbers and peppercinis to your bruschetta. Yum! Also, the red onions and roasted red pepper are really good in it too. And the feta, fabulous! I put all of these ingredients into the “traditional” bruschetta along with a little balsamic vinegar for something different and it is fantastic. Everyone who has tried it, including my friends that hate tomatoes, love it.
I love bruschetta and make it a lot for my partner and me. I usually brush the baguette with olive oil and put a pinch of grated parmesan on the bread before I stick it in the oven. Also, adding chopped shallots really makes this recipe pop! Thanks Simply Recipes!
I never prep the tomatoes. Just chop up the fresh ones. For another twist on this, with the bread, once it is slightly toasted, spread with a thin layer of pesto, heat slightly in oven, and then top with tomato mixture.
I toast the baguette with butter and garlic salt. I also add artichokes and roasted red peppers to my mix:) After I toast the baguette, I add the mix and put fresh mozzarella on top, then back into the oven to melt.
I just made this for my family for a New Years Eve snack. Our 17 year old son hates tomatoes but loved this. We topped it with Cheddar and re-heated it. I will make it again soon. Thank you.
Daniele – In my grandfather’s (born in Italy!) recipe, we include finely diced green pepper and onion in the bruschetta (quarter to half cup of each). He always used the canned diced&peeled plum tomatoes, and it’s fantastic. We do not do the balsamic vinegar, although I would like to experiment with that. Maybe a reduction drizzled over the top as Imran suggested. I wanted to see how other people made theirs, to add a little flair to Grandpa’s recipe, and I got a lot of great ideas from these posts! Thanks!
Elise, thank you for this recipe, I have finally found a great bruschetta recipe! It is perfect!
I made this last night for a party and it was a huge hit! Even my friend who’s married to an Italian — this woman knows her bruschetta — loved it. Thanks for the delicious recipe. I’ll definitely be making this again!
After seeing the movie Julie and Julia I want to make the bruschetta Julie did on top of the stove…dinner for she and her husband. I think a combination of reader’s comments and the original might do it…
Made this yesterday for the first time for my MahJong ladies. We all loved it. Couldn’t get enough of it.
I just tried this recipe with a couple tweeks for our own taste and it was SIMPLY delicious!
I’ve put a post on my blog also.
Thanks so much!
I was wondering if anyone tried adding peppers to bump up the flavor?
Well, you may put *anything* on a bruschetta but I stick to the minimalist version I learned to love as a little boy. Slice a good country bread, toast on a wood fire, rub with garlic and add some really good olive oil and some salt.
Simply delicious! Try coating the bread with melted butter in a skillet then toasting your baguette slices in the oven. Soooooo goooood! Ethereal even!
I also mix some grated parmesan in with mine and some extra garlic. But try spreading some baked goat cheese on the slices of baguette. I serve in separate dishes with a spoon and knife. It’s delicious! (I got the idea at the Keg)
Absolutely fabulous recipe. Try topping with a hint of Parmesan cheese and of course we always use exta garlic (if you dare).
I think this a great recipe, I would only use a half tsp on vinegar, and I also put a 3/4 of a cup of diced red onion. I like onions in it better. I also did not parboil the tomatos. They are just as tasty with the skin on and seeds in.
My husband and I were in Jacksonville, FL, near Mayo Clinic last week. We had dinner at the beautifully remodeled Golden Corale. The steaks were simply perfection, but I made the mistake of trying something I had never before had the pleasure of eating. That was their wonderful BRUSCHETTA. WOW! What an experience. Though everything else was really delicious and I couldn’t have asked for a more grilled-to-perfection steak, I would have been just as happy if I had filled my stomach with nothing but the bruschetta. We do lots of entertaining, and I have just two more days in which to attempt to create a delicious bruschetta. All of the preceding hints should be very helpful. Thanks one and all! Don’t you know that will be one of the high spots of our dinner!
I made the mistake of trying something I had never before had
This makes it sound as if you didn’t like it?
On New Year’s Eve we went to a fancy restaurant and had some of the most delicious bruschetta I have ever had which of course made me want to try to duplicate it. This recipe was EXACTLY what I was looking for. The plum tomatoes were perfect. I wanted to see the difference so I got 4 plum tomatoes and 4 regular tomatoes and wow, the difference was undeniable. The plum tomatoes were so much meatier and the skin just pulled off. The fact that you could get all the tomato flavor without the juice kept the bread from becoming soggy. I agree that toasting the bread with olive oil was great as well. It gave the bread a great crisp taste. Overall, despite this being really simple, it tastes AMAZING and has to be one of my favorites. I might try next time, to use a little more balsamic vinegar and then put it in a saucepan and reduce it. I have heard that it will thicken it as well as make it a bit sweeter. That’s just me though, there is really no need to change this recipe. DELICIOUS!
Thank you for this recipe, it was amazing!!
Some of you may be familiar with the Jack Astors chain of restaurants.
At their restaurant, they add 2 things that make this the ultimate food item!
After preparing the bruschetta, they drizzle balsamic glaze and garlic aoili (thin garlic mayo) over it. This adds a whole new dimension to the mixture.
I found balsamic glaze from a company called Unico. I have only found it in No Frills stores here in Ontario, though I am sure it can be found other places.
I am still looking for the proper garlic mix to complement it.
This is a great recipe! Thanks
My wife and I made this today and it was garlicky & delicious. We put it into our family cookbook. I used regular French bread, because I did not have any baguettes, but it was still very good.
Try adding diced mozzarella into the mix, it’s amazing!
The first time I had bruschetta was in Europe while serving in the military (many years ago).
My wife, Paige, found your recipe and made it this evening. Wow, it brought back memories. I don’t think I would change your recipe in any way whatsoever. It’s perfect!
– – Tom, in Lexington, Kentucky
Goat cheese, cottage cheese or even some creamed feta hits the spot just perfect! But you know it also tastes great unmelted.
Great recipe! I made this today, and it was enjoyed by everyone who tried it.
I was not successful with this, it did not taste at all like others i’ve tasted but mostly because I’m not a good cook. =) So I made pasta and put my tomato situation over it so it wouldn’t go to waste.
Sounds like you are a very enterprising cook! ~Elise
I was wondering if you had any idea of how many calories and fat grams are in this. It is so good, it tastes sinful. I am trying to lose weight, but I do not want to give this up. Help!
No idea, we don’t track that information (neither the time, nor the expertise, nor the inclination to do so), and in this case it would be entirely dependent on the serving size. ~Elise
I have been living in Rome, Italy, for the past 25 years, and the bruschette that we make here are not so elaborate. :) We *Simply* ;) toast the bread, rub it with garlic, pour some olive oil on it and top it with chopped tomatoes, basil salt and some more olive oil…and “è fatta”!
Agree, Peggy. I live in the USA and always made it your way! The first I had was in an Italian restaurant in Austin, Tx and it was divine; still is. The simpler, the better, as long as the EVOO is proper Grade, and the Basil mature (leaves).
Jeremy, fresh mozzerella cheese would be perfect. Slice it thin and pop it in the oven for a few minutes until toasty.
I think it’s very interesting to get a traditional Italian point of view on this dish. I love bruschetta. This recipe is a lot like what I’ve done before but I don’t parboil the tomato’s. I keep the bread hot and the mixture cold and usually add some parmesan. I’m hosting a BBQ this weekend and want to make this dish to sit out before the meal is served. Instead of doing the traditional baguette I’ve made garlicky toast croutons (baguette sliced very thin and toasted almost like a chip brushed with olive oil and garlic). I’m putting those in a bowl next to the chilled mixture so People can take it like a dip.
This was amazing. :] I love cooking & this was so simple & easy. It tasted so good, although I heard of adding onions to it. So I highly reccomend anyone to try that as well.
I just made bruschetta for my family last night and followed this recipe. It was the first one to pop up on my google search and I am so happy I chose it; it turned out absolutely fantastic!!! I highly recommend this recipe to anyone who wants to make bruschetta (:
Loved the recipe, and being able to save money making it myself. Our grocery store sells it for over $6 per small container. Also loved having Elena’s (a true Italian) input. Don’t worry Elena, your English is better than my American teenager’s.
Hi, I’m Elena from Italy. I’m surprise because it’s rare to find an italian recipe done in the right way in an english cooking site (the reasons are different taste and ingredients I think). Only some comments to do bruschetta the “right italian way” :)
1)The traditional topping is with tomato, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and oregano
2)The topping is done 2 or 3 hours before serve and put aside in the fridge to marinade
3)The topping have to be COLD and the bread have to be HOT
4)We doesn’t cook or peel tomatoes
5)In some region they put on topping mozzarella or provolone or basils but not in all region and always cold (It’s the hot bread that thaw the cheese)
In Italy bruschetta is a simply plate done when you have nothing in the fridge exept tomatoes :)
It’s an easier way to do something like pizza than almost everything it’s granted :)
Sorry for my bad english and thank you for the recipe
Feta cheese browned on top fabulous
This was so good!
Every year I, with my sisters help cook dinner for our mom for mothers day. This recipe was delicious!
I made some as a side dish at supper & my wife thought that it was better than what we ate at Olive Garden.All that I can say is-Great stuff. Thank you
We recently found an Italian restaurant with the world’s best bruschetta and I started searching for a recipe to make my own. This recipe tastes EXACTLY like they make it, if you add an extra clove of garlic and double the oil and vinegar measurements.
They also add a cube of mozzarella cheese (the kind you buy whole, packed in liquid), so I added the cheese and this was an incredible dish.
I made this tonight to have with fettucini. I didn’t have fresh basil leaves so I used crushed dried basil leaves (I know… bad, bad). I personally think the teaspoon of balsamic vinegar is too much. Next time I’ll use a little less because the vinegar was the strongest tasting ingredient and it was a bit sour. Thanks for the recipe!
I love this recipe with heirloom tomatoes, no parboiling. And I also add fresh oregano and a few shreds or good parmesan cheese.
You can also make a sweeter version
TBSP of sugar and pinch of cinnamon with plain tomatoes atop toasted brie on bread. It is unbelievably good!
I just wanted to note that regarding Bruschetta receipes, I have found that also adding a little fresh grated Parmesan to the topping when served gives an added dimension to the flavor. This is just personal, I tried Romano and others as well, even cheddar, but for me Parmesan works best.
I just made this for my wife as a light dinner and it was amazing! I used fresh cinnamon basil from my garden and substituted whole wheat bread for the Italian and grape tomatoes for plum (all substitutes used for what was on hand rather than creative flair…).
I had no intention of eating this, as I hate tomatoes. My wife made me try it, and I’m glad I did! This is a great snack or meal.
I make this all the time. I brush with oil and toast both sides of the bread, and then rub a clove of raw garlic on it. So I don’t put garlic in the tomato mixture. Then I mix homemade pesto, red wine vinegar, red onion, and tomatoes.
I just chop a raw tomato, whole. Why would you want to skin and seed it?
An intereting twist my partner discovered one day, was to serve the tomoto mixture on top of store brought garlic bread. (we didnt have any fresh bread, just garlic bread – it ended up better than expected)
This recipe is absolutely delicious and so easy to make. I used canned petite diced tomatoes and let them drain in a strainer before adding the ingredients. I really think the trick is the olive oil toasted into the bread.
Tried this recipe about a week ago with a few small alterations – AMAZING! I’m making it again today!
You should also add a teaspoon of capers. If you think bruschetta is good without, I think you’ll find it amazing with.
Its’ almost Christmas and I needed a good appetizer for a party. I love bruschetta, but the hot house tomatoes lack flavor and the texture is poor. I subsituted good quality canned italian plum tomatoes and this recipe worked great.
Try cheve. It’s awesome, too. Very creamy and rich which is “cut” by acid in the tomatoes.
Put feta cheese crumbles on top – not melted… AMAZING!
I love bruschetta!!! But when I make it I usually use sun dried tomatoes and feta cheese.
I use shredded mozzarella on my bread croutons (with olive oil and fresh garlic) to make it a complete meal. This lets the tomato mixture stay cold which is best.
Jeremy – I never melt it, but I often add a bit of good fresh mozzarella to my bruchetta. I also add a few olives to my recipe.
I have heard of putting cheese on top and letting it melt in the oven. Do you have any recommendations on what type of cheese?
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