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Grilled Italian bread with delicious tomatoes with EVOO and aged balsamic on a wooden platter.
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How to Make Bruschetta Bread

Learn How to Make Bruschetta Bread with just 6 ingredients in less than 20 minutes for a delicious easy classic Italian appetizer.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizers/ Snacks
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 221kcal
Author: HWC Magazine

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups tomatoes or 3 large ripe tomatoes chopped (heirloom or vine ripened tomatoes preferred)
  • ¼ cup basil fresh chiffonaded (stems removed) - optional
  • 2 cloves garlic
    (one crushed for bread and one finely minced for tomatoes)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
    and extra for drizzling on bread
  • 2 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
    (We used Organic Fondo Montebello Aceto Balsamico di Modena IGP)
  • 1 teaspoon Sicilian Spice Mix (or Italian Seasoning)
    (we used dried Mie Radici Sicilian Spice Mix)
  • Salt and pepper
    to taste
  • 10 oz bread loaf sliced baguettes or hearty Tuscan style bread or more if your crew is hungry.

Instructions

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

Notes

If 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.
You 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 363IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg