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Learn how to make bruschetta at home with our super easy recipe. Perfectly toasted baguette slices with a sweet, savory tomato topping are a yummy appetizer for your next gathering or Italian style dinner.

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Bruschetta

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What is Bruschetta?

Bruschetta is an antipasto from Italy that combines toasted bread slices with various toppings. Traditionally, it is made with toasted bread slices, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Often you will find other variations, such as tomatoes, veggies, beans, and other tasty treats.

How do you pronounce Bruschetta?

Bruschetta is an antipasto from Italy and in Italian, "ch" is pronounced as a "k". This makes the correct pronunciation a bit tricky for English speaking individuals. Bruchetta is pronounced as brus-ket-ah or brew-skay-tah. 

Bruschetta Recipe Ingredients 

When you make bruschetta, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Loaf of bread - For best results, we recommend using a French baguette or Ciabatta bread sliced  to about a ¼” thick on the bias (diagonal line).
  • Extra-virgin olive oil - You use this to brush the bread before toasting. You could use another oil if you prefer. You will need additional oil to mix in with the tomatoes to make the topping.
  • Garlic halves- You can skip this if you like, but we find the toast tastes better if you rub each piece with garlic before toasting.
  • Garlic thinly sliced - You’ll need the slices for the tomato mix.
  • Tomatoes - You can use large tomatoes, roma tomatoes, or your favorite variety.
  • Sliced basil
  • Balsamic vinegar - We find this has the best flavor, but you may be able to use red wine vinegar instead if you prefer.
  • Salt - You can add this to taste or skip all together.
  • Crushed red pepper flakes - This adds a bit of heat, but you could skip if you prefer.

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Bruschetta Bread :- Best Type of Bread to Use

When you make bruschetta bread, the best kinds to use are long and crusty baguettes. These types of loafs hold up well under the weight of the tomato mixture.

Another great choice is ciabatta bread. When you use ciabatta bread, you get a slightly larger piece of bruschetta than using a loaf of French bread.

When you make bruschetta, try to avoid softer breads since they will not hold up as well with the tomatoes.

How To Make Bruschetta Toast/Crostini

Bruschetta step by step recipe

When you make the toast for bruschetta also know as Crostini, follow these easy instructions:

  • First, preheat your air fryer to 360F or oven to 400°.
  • Next, cut the baguette or ciabatta bread into diagonal slices.
  • Once sliced, use a pastry brush to brush one side of each slice with olive oil.
  • When ready, place them in the air fryer basket or on a baking sheet with the oil side down. 
  • Next, air fry for 3 to 4 minutes or bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until they turn golden
  • Finally, remove them from the air fryer or oven, allow them to cool, and then rub the halved garlic over each piece.

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How To Make Bruschetta

Here’s how to make the bruschetta topping:

  • First, place a skillet over medium-low heat and heat the oil. Next, add garlic and cook until lightly golden or about 2 to 4 minutes and then remove from heat to cool.
  • Next, toss together the diced tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Once mixed, add the garlic and oil from the skillet and then toss to combine. Let the mixture marinate for at least 15 minutes in the refrigerator before spooning the tomatoes on top of each piece of toast.

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Variations on Bruschetta Toppings

When you make bruschetta toppings, you can make some variations to make them the way you like. Here are a few possibilities:

  • Add a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese 
  • Sprinkle on some grated parmesan or romano cheeses
  • When toasting the bread, use butter or ghee instead of oil
  • Dice up and then mix in some red onions 
  • Mix in some Italian seasoning blends 
  • Use red wine vinegar instead of balsamic
  • Make a balsamic reduction by heating balsamic vinaigrette over medium heat in a saucepan and stirring until it thickens

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Can Bruschetta and Bruschetta Toast be made ahead of time?

You can make bruschetta ahead of time, but you will get the best flavor if you make it when you are ready to eat it.

To make ahead, you can make both the tomato mixture and toast, but store them separately. Place both in separate airtight containers and place the tomato mixture in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can store the toast on the counter in the container for about 3 to 5 days.

Storing Bruschetta :- How Long Does It Keep

When you store bruschetta, it is important to store the tomatoes and toasted bread separately. If you don’t, the bread will get soggy and likely fall apart when you serve it.

If you need to make the topping ahead, you can follow the instructions to make the tomato mixture and then place it in an airtight container. You can store the container for up to 3 days and still have a fresh topping.

When you are ready to make it, we suggest toasting the bread then. If you want to toast it ahead, allow it to cool completely and then place the pieces in an airtight container on the counter. You may want to place it in a warm oven to toast them up a bit once you are ready to serve them.

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Does Bruschetta freeze well?

We do not recommend freezing bruschetta because it is a dish best served fresh. When you thaw it, the toasted bread will be a bit soggy and tough while the tomato mixture can get mealy. 

What to serve with bruschetta?

Bruschetta is an antipasto, which means it is a smaller dish often served as an appetizer. Of course, you can serve it as part of a larger spread if you like. Here are a few suggestions on other foods you can serve with bruschetta to fill out your meal:

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Homemade Bruschetta

Yield: 12- 14 slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Learn how to make bruschetta at home with our super easy recipe. Bruschetta is an antipasto from Italy that combines toasted bread slices with various toppings.

Ingredients

  • 1 large baguette, sliced ¼" thick on the bias
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
  • 2 cloves garlic, halved
  • 4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 large tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tbsp. thinly sliced basil
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

Make Bruschetta Toast

  1. When you make the toast for bruschetta also know as Crostini, follow these easy instructions:
  2. First, preheat your air fryer to 360F or oven to 400°.
  3. Next, cut the baguette or ciabatta bread into diagonal slices.
  4. Once sliced, use a pastry brush to brush one side of each slice with olive oil.
  5. When ready, place them in the air fryer basket or on a baking sheet with the oil side down. 
  6. Next, air fry for 3 to 4 minutes or bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until they turn golden
  7. Finally, remove them from the air fryer or oven, allow them to cool, and then rub the halved garlic over each piece.

How to make Bruschetta

  1. Here’s how to make the bruschetta topping:
  2. First, place a skillet over medium-low heat and heat the oil. Next, add garlic and cook until lightly golden or about 2 to 4 minutes and then remove from heat to cool.
  3. Next, toss together the diced tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Once mixed, add the garlic and oil from the skillet and then toss to combine. Let the mixture marinate for at least 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
  4. Spoon the toppings on top of each piece of toast.

Notes

Variations on Bruschetta Toppings

When you make bruschetta toppings, you can make some variations to make them the way you like. Here are a few possibilities:

  • Add a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese 
  • Sprinkle on some grated parmesan or romano cheeses
  • When toasting the bread, use butter or ghee instead of oil
  • Dice up and then mix in some red onions 
  • Mix in some Italian seasoning blends 
  • Use red wine vinegar instead of balsamic
  • Make a balsamic reduction by heating balsamic vinaigrette over medium heat in a saucepan and stirring until it thickens

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 2
Amount Per Serving Calories 151Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 211mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 3gSugar 5gProtein 7g

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Aimee

Friday 25th of February 2022

I love that you included the pronunciation. I'll never forget being at a rooftop get-together in NYC where I first had authentic Italian bruschetta and how they schooled me on the proper way to say it. I've loved it ever since and can't wait to try your version.

Beth

Friday 25th of February 2022

This is such a classic, delicious recipe! We love the tangy balsamic with the tomatoes.

Dana

Friday 25th of February 2022

I was literally just thinking about how I need to make some bruschetta soon, and here we are! This recipe popped up and I can't wait to try it. It looks so refreshing!

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