Grilled Italian bread with delicious tomatoes with EVOO and aged balsamic on a wooden platter.

How to Make Bruschetta Bread

August 2, 2019

Learn How to Make Bruschetta Bread with just 6 ingredients in less than 20 minutes for a delicious easy classic Italian appetizer.

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Grilled Italian bread with delicious tomatoes with EVOO and aged balsamic on a wooden platter.

When you bite into the garlicky crispy crostini and taste the fresh heirloom tomatoes tossed Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, extra virgin olive oil and Sicilian Spice Blend, you will think you died and went to heaven. How can just a handful of ingredients give you so much pleasure? It’s the quality of the ingredients. Good quality ingredients are all you need to make your recipes shine.

What is Bruschetta?

Bruschetta is an antipasto appetizer or primo dish. It is usually made out of a rustic Italian bread that is drizzled with olive oil, rubbed with fresh garlic and salted and grilled. Then it can be topped with a tomato relish like we have prepared, fresh mozzarella and sometimes cured parma. Today we kept it very simple and classic.

Delicious marinated tomatoes with fresh basil, EVOO and aged balsamic getting scooped on a toasted crostini.

Why you are going to want to learn how to make bruschetta bread

Easy and simple bruschetta is crowd pleasing appetizer you can get on the table in about 20 minutes flat. When the boys are starving and can't wait for dinner, I put a big plate of bruschetta on the table and they will leave me alone for at least another hour.  The simple taste of the fresh juicy tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and balsamic on top of crunchy chewy garlic bread will have them coming back for more. What is your secret for getting your family to stop eating everything until you can get dinner on the table?

The bite shot!

What if someone does not like tomatoes?

In addition, this is a simple dish an easy to please all the picky eaters in your family. If you have one kid that won't eat tomatoes, just sprinkle some extra parmesan or mozzarella cheese on the bread for baking and they can eat it plain instead. I don't like being a minute chef to my kids but sometimes little changes can make everyone in the family happy.

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Lazy Cooks Bruschetta

If you are super lazy and do not feel like chopping up tomatoes, you can make a do it yourself assemble chartreuse platter. Throw on your board a few thin slices of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh whole basil leaves and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), balsamic vinegar, Italian spice and salt and pepper and call it a day. Grab a few grilled breads and you are in business.

The difference between this version and the classic is that the classic allows the flavors to mingle and that is a very good thing. If you like the idea of a chartreuse platter be sure to try our DIY Ultimate Bagel Bar Brunch.

Italian bread getting brushed with EVOO.

Bread is the key ingredient

I think one thing that makes this appetizer really lovely is finding some really good bread. A good hearty bread with a crisp crust, chewy center with lots and lots of nooks and crannies or holes in the bread for all of the flavors to get their way inside the bread. Today, we used a hearty Ciabatta bread. It is an Italian bread made with wheat flour, salt, yeast, and water. We sliced it in half lengthwise and then sliced into about 3 inch sections for the perfect bit sized appetizer.

Lower Carb Option/Gluten Free

If you have gluten sensitives, you can try a gluten free bread or our Sesame Low Carb Cloud Bread. You can grill your sesame low carb cloud bread for just a couple of minutes just to get those nice grill marks and to make the exterior crispy. Perfect for those that are watching their carb intake.

Top down shot showing many friends digging into the shared platter of bruschetta bread.

Heirloom tomatoes are in season

We have a share a little secret with you. Believe it or not, we have an intense attraction to heirloom tomatoes. Seriously, it is more like an addiction. Going to the Farmer’s Market in the summer is one of our favorite activities. We love the fresh produce, the friendly atmosphere and recipe inspiration. However, we just can’t hold back when it comes to heirloom tomatoes, that is until we see the price… One heirloom tomato was about 3 pounds and 8 USD…??? Really???? Holy cow!

So, plan B it is. We chose these really deliciously sweet and fragrant vine grown tomatoes. If you grow your own tomatoes, this recipe was meant for you. Be sure to try our recipe for Heirloom Tomato Cucumber Salad and Easy Summer Millet Salad if you are in love with heirloom tomatoes too.

Chopped tomatoes.

What type of Balsamic vinegar is best for bruschetta?

Italian recipes are made with only a handful of ingredients. That is why it is really important to use quality ingredients. There is a huge difference between grocery store quality run of the mill balsamic vinegar and AGED balsamic vinegar. You do not need to purchase super high-end balsamic vinegar for this recipe. However, a balsamic that has aged enough that it is naturally thick and syrupy is preferred. We love Organic Fondo Montebello Aceto Balsamico

In addition, we like Mie Radici’s Nocellara Organic Reserve extra virgin olive oil and their Sicilian Spice Mix which we used in this Bruschetta bread recipe.

Thick aged balsamic vinegar getting drizzled onto the chopped tomatoes.

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Scooping delicious marinated tomatoes with EVOO and Balsamic onto of crusty grilled bread.

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Grilled Italian bread with delicious tomatoes with EVOO and aged balsamic on a wooden platter.

How to Make Bruschetta Bread

By HWC Magazine  , , ,   

August 2, 2019

Learn How to Make Bruschetta Bread with just 6 ingredients in less than 20 minutes for a delicious easy classic Italian appetizer.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yields: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

3 large ripe tomatoes chopped or about 1.5 cups (heirloom or vine ripened tomatoes preferred)

one bunch basil- chiffonade (about 1/4 cup stems removed) - optional

2 cloves garlic (one crushed for bread and one finely minced for tomatoes)

1/4 extra virgin olive oil and extra for drizzling on bread (Mie Radici Nocellara Organic Reserve)

2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar (Organic Fondo Montebello Aceto Balsamico di Modena IGP)

1 teaspoon dried Mie Radici Sicilian Spice Mix (or Italian Seasoning)

Salt and pepper to taste

one loaf hearty coarse Italian Bread or baguette sliced

Directions

1In a medium bowl add chopped tomatoes, basil, one clove minced garlic, extra virgin olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar, Sicilian Spice Mix or dried Italian herb mix and Salt and pepper to taste. Stir and set aside.

2

3Drizzle olive oil on bread and rub fresh crushed garlic on each slice. Add a little dash of Sicilian Spice Mix and salt and pepper if desired (optional)

4

5Grill bread on BBQ or gas outdoor grill, indoor grill plate for about 2 minutes on each side or until your bread has nice grill marks and is golden brown. If Mother Nature is not cooperating, you can bake in oven for about 3-4 minutes at 375 degrees F (or 190 degrees C) for about 5-7 minutes or just until lightly golden brown.

6Serve your grilled toasted Italian bread with the delicious tomato topping. (Let everyone help themselves.) enjoy!

Cook’s Notes:

1If you put the tomato basil topping on the bread in advance of bringing it to the table, the garlic bread may get soggy. Instead let everyone help themselves for an interactive appetizer. If your children would like cheesy bread, add parmesan or mozzarella cheese on top before grilling- don’t flip these special cheesy toasts on the grill or you will have a cheesy mess.

2You can also make a do it yourself assemble chartreuse platter. Throw on your board a few thin slices of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh whole basil leaves and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), balsamic vinegar, Italian spice and salt and pepper and call it a day. Be sure to use good extra virgin olive oil, an aged balsamic vinegar and a good crusty bread with lots of nooks and crannies for the best bruschetta. If you need to keep this recipe low carb or gluten free be sure to try or Sesame low carb cloud bread grilled as a replacement for Italian bread.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 serving
Calories184
Sodium157 mg
Potassium169 mg
Protein3.7 grams
Cholesterol0 mg
Sugar2 grams
Total Fat8.7 grams
Total Carbohydrates23.8 grams
Dietary Fiber1.8 grams

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