Best Bruschetta Recipe

Best Bruschetta Recipe

The best bruschetta recipe always involves the best-grilled bread! This is one of my favorite go-to party appetizers because of its versatility.

Traditional bruschetta is an Italian appetizer of grilled bread rubbed with olive oil and garlic. FYI: Bruschetta is the bread, not the topping, and is pronounced “brew-sketta”, not “brew-shetta”.

Bread is cut into slices about 1/4″ thick and grilled. As a result, the topping does not make the bread soggy. Oftentimes the bread is topped with freshly chopped tomatoes and a sprinkling of salt and herbs. Italy has the most delicious tomatoes because they are grown fresh, not in a hothouse. Hard to resist!

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The building blocks of the best bruschetta:

One of my favorite party tricks is to assemble a “Build your own Bruschetta Bar” because it’s super easy and even those with certain food allergies or eating preferences can find an appetizer that works for them by choosing their own toppings.

Whether you build a platter ahead of time or create a bruschetta bar, here are the 4 essentials that you will start with and build upon:

  • Large baguette, Italian or French
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Sea Salt

Make sure to cut the bread about 1/4″ thick on the bias. Brush with olive oil and grill for about 5 minutes, or toast in a 400 F degree oven for about 10 minutes. Then rub with a cut clove of garlic – this step is important! Sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Reserve until ready to add your toppings.

Any topping combination will work and the more choices the better! Try setting up toppings that work together in groups.

A big basket of the grilled bread pieces should always be at the beginning of the bruschetta bar.

Flavor combination ideas:

  • Tomatoes, basil, garlic mixture
  • Tomatoes and Buratta or Mozzarella
  • Proscuitto and Buratta
  • Black Olive Spread and Capers
  • Roast beef and Gorgonzola
  • Pesto and parmesan chunks
  • Sundried tomatoes or lightly roasted tomatoes in olive oil

If you are making a platter to serve, be sure to add a sprinkling of greens to give your party platter a finished look, for example, arugula or watercress.

Best Bruschetta Recipe

The best bruschetta recipe always includes preparing the bread properly
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Appetizer, Best Bruschetta, Bruschetta, Bruschetta Recipe
Servings: 16 pieces
Calories: 52kcal
Author: Cyndy Ufkes – The Art of Food and Wine

Ingredients

The Bread:

  • 1 Large baguette, Italian or French
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic, cut in half
  • 1 tbsp Sea Salt

Traditional Tomato Topping:

  • 4 large tomatoes, cut into medium dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup basil, roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • tsp black pepper, freshly ground

Instructions

Preparing the bread

  • Heat grill to medium, or heat oven to 400F.
  • Cut the bread about 1/4″ thick on the bias.
    Brush with olive oil and grill cut side down for about 5 minutes. Alternately, toast on a baking sheet cut side up in a 400F degree oven for about 10 minutes.
  • Rub each piece of bread with a cut clove of garlic – this step is important!
    Sprinkle lightly with sea salt
  • Set aside until ready to assemble

Preparing Traditional Tomato Topping

  • Toss all ingredients in a large bowl and marinate for 20-30 minutes at room temperature. If not using immediately, cover tightly and refrigerate. If need be drain slightly before serving. Taste and adjust seasonings or basil, as needed.
  • Spoon onto toasted bread just before serving.


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