Traditional Bruschetta

A slice of baguette bread topped with diced tomato and fresh basil on a white napkin, a second bruschetta in the background.

Bruschetta is an Italian-inspired appetizer of baguette slices topped with tomatoes and basil.

Lately I have noticed a lot of fancy bruschetta recipes, but this is more of the traditional approach I was taught when I was young. If available, use fresh tomatoes and basil from your garden during the summer time for an extra flavorful appetizer.

When outdoors the topping can be prepared earlier and stored in a sealed container. When the hike, kayak, ride or similar activity stops for lunch then cut the bread fresh, add the topping and enjoy.

Traditional Bruschetta Recipe

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A slice of baguette bread topped with diced tomato and fresh basil on a white napkin, a second bruschetta in the background.
Bruschetta is an Italian-inspired appetizer of baguette slices topped with tomatoes and basil and is very easy to put together last-minute for picnics.
Preparation 20 minutes
Ready in 20 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
CourseAppetizer
InfluenceItaly
DifficultyBeginner
MethodToast
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Ingredients

  • 6 slices French bread or baguette
  • 2 cloves garlic halved
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • handful basil sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or as needed
  • sea salt and cracked pepper to taste

Equipment

  • bread knife

Directions

  • Toast the bread slices, then rub one side with a garlic half.
  • Quarter the tomatoes and remove the seeds then dice the remaining flesh.
  • Sprinkle the tomatoes onto the bread slices, then top with basil.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and season with sea salt and cracked pepper, as desired.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 248kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 8gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 389mgPotassium: 224mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 523IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 3mg

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