Tomato Basil Bruschetta

As soon as my loaves of French bread came out of the oven, our dinner plans changed.  I don’t even remember what I had been planning to make that night, but when I saw (and smelled, and tasted) these beauties, I knew they needed to be enjoyed right away.  With some tomatoes in the fridge and my basil plants booming in the backyard, it took next to no time to decide on making a tomato basil bruschetta.

Many people think that bruschetta means exactly this – baguette slices topped with a tomato basil mixture, because that is how it is commonly served here in the US.  Actually, bruschetta is the base of the toasted baguette slices and they can be topped any number of ways.  Typically I brush the slices lightly with olive oil, rub with a cut clove of garlic, and then top them as I please.  This time around I just left the baguette slices fresh because, well, they are delicious that way too.  This has long been one of my favorite snack foods or appetizers, and it also made for a fantastic light dinner.

Tomato Basil Bruschetta
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3 tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
3 tbsp. basil, minced
¼ tsp. kosher salt
Pepper, to taste
1½ tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. finely grated Parmesan
Toasted baguette slices, for serving

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; mix well to blend.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.  Spoon the tomato mixture on top of the baguette slices and serve.

Source: Annie original

24 Responses

  1. This looks like an easy, but delicious, recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Excuse me, homemade French bread AND a tomato basil topping??? Both?
    How divine. I wish I lived next door to you, Annie!

  3. I was just looking for a bruchetta recipe! Thanks 🙂

  4. Hi Ann! I am seriously getting addicted to your blog….fanastic pictures and amazing recipes! I started reading your blog when you had posted this cheesecake cupcake recipe with raspberries. Being totally devoted to cheesecakes, I just grabbed this one and have made so many versions of it, also becoz we don’t get raspberries here! And the French baguette was so wonderful, tho’ I did cheat a bit and skipped a step. And yes
    as soon as they came out of the oven. the whole lunch plan went kaput and we devoured the bread with a dip made with yogurt and roasted garlic and peppers!
    Thanks for all the inspiration and the wonderful stories…

  5. I could make a complete dinner out of that, too! Beautiful!

  6. We love stuff we can pile or spread on toast.

  7. This is one of my favorite little appetizers to set out before a party, and yours looks great! They’re simple, fresh and colorful. On a slice of fresh French bread, I bet these taste all the better!

  8. your photography is amazing….I’m sure you could end up making sauteed shoestrings look delectable! Have you taken photography classes?

    Jeannette M.

    • No, no formal training. I did attend a 2 day photography workshop in June, but other than that I’m completely self taught.

  9. i love all things bruschetta! YUM

  10. I’ve always heard that tomatoes start losing flavor and color in the refrigerator — like many fruits, they are better on the counter in a bowl that allows them to breathe than stored in the fridge. Your experience with this would be appreciated.

    • I keep mine in the fridge, and they taste fine to me. I think buying organic is more important in regard to color and flavor than how you store them.

  11. oh goodness…. that looks awesome… thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  12. Looks divine deary!

  13. Tomato and basil is the best bruschetta topper. A bit traditional, yes, but always delicious!

  14. bruschetta is such a wonderful appetizer, but i don’t believe i’ve ever made it at home! i will be trying your recipe for sure.

  15. The homemade bread is what makes this one rock. Bruschetta is so simple but that doesn’t mean you can be sloppy about the execution. Yours looks perfect!

  16. That looks so refreshing. I love having bruschetta as an appetizer. Despite the carbs, the tomatoes open up your palette and make you wanna eat more!

  17. GORGEOUS! My mouth was watering looking at these beautiful pictures.

  18. MMM Bruschetta is my new favorite appetizer, the flavors are always so fresh at home.

  19. YUMMY! I love bruschetta! This looks great! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Made these twice last week. These are amazing! My husband loves them! Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe.

  21. Such a yummy recipe! I tried last week and it turned out perfect. There’s a post about it on my blog today (with a link to this post). If you’d like to check it out, here’s the link:

    Thanks for the recipe!
    Camila F.

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